Ink drawing – surface, marks and expression with Gary Goodman

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About this course

Explore inks on a variety of surfaces to make dramatic and striking work. Create bold expressive drawings with brush, dip pen, sponge, sticks and more.

Course Description

On this course, we will work from both observation and imagination.

Drawing with ink and a brush is an ancient form of art that originated in China many centuries ago, and has continued to be a medium of choice for many contemporary artists, such as: AR Penck, Alan Davie, Gill Button, Raymond Pettibon, Miroco Machiko and Richard Diebenkorn.

Through exercises, you will experiment with a variety of drawing applicators, including: brush, dip pen, sponge, sticks and more to create confident mark-making. You will explore approaches to working with ink on different papers, including: mixing with water to create washes, experimenting with colour and being spontaneous in your creative approach. You will learn how to control the medium, as well as allowing the ink to take its own course. Working from both observation and imagination, you will gain confidence in creating personal and individual imagery. The sessions will be supported by demonstrations, individual and group tutorials and discussion.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence to explore your own creative ideas more freely, sharpened your awareness of the possibilities of the medium and feel ‘loosened-up’, so that you are able to continue using ink with courage at home.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Some paper and inks are provided to be shared amongst the group to try out.

What students need to bring

  • A selection of your preferred paint brushes, including soft watercolour brushes or Chinese brushes Cartridge paper
  • Watercolour paper
  • Sketchbook
  • Dip pens
  • Black Indian ink (waterproof and non-waterproof)
  • Black Quink ink and any coloured inks you may have

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • The Colllege shop stocks a good variety of art materials, including soft watercolour brushes, cartridge paper, watercolour paper, sketchbooks, dip pens, black Indian ink (waterproof and non-waterproof), Black Quink ink and coloured drawing inks.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman is an internationally renowned visual artist and poet. He has taught in various universities, colleges and other institutions since 1987, and has exhibited and read his poems in many places around the world. His artwork is featured in many publications and his poems published in a variety of anthologies.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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