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Paper cut-outs – colour, line and form with Annabel Tilley

Ref: S1D10386

Suitable for all

£140
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About this course

Explore the symbiotic nature of colour, line and form in the paper cut-out. Try your hand at drawing with scissors, cutting freehand and creating anything from a portrait or still life to an intricate pattern.

Course Description

Paper cut-outs aims to introduce you to the fun, creativity and overall satisfaction of doing what the master of paper cut-outs, Henri Matisse, deemed: ‘drawing with scissors’.

This course is suitable for all, so a structured start will be followed by guided independent practice. This means, after an initial series of quick exercises to enhance your ways of seeing, stimulate your imagination and encourage your hand-cutting techniques, your tutor will help you plan and create something of your own. You may like to create a personal portrait, still life, miniature cottage garden or a joyful host of colourful abstract shapes and patterns.

The emphasis will be on trying out colours, shapes and forms in new ways, using, among other things, hand-gouached paper, to cut, stick and make. We will take our lead from modern and contemporary paper-artists like Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Kara Walker (born USA, 1969) and Elsa Moran (born Cuba, 1971).

By the end of the course you will have completed a series of quick paper cut-out exercises, created several of your own designs, and will take home a finished piece. You will have explored how the essence of colour, shape and pattern is treated almost symbiotically in the paper cut-out. You will have gained confidence in your own ideas and how to cut freehand, and you will have a better understanding of how to construct simple but effective objects and shapes. Most importantly, you will have learned how to simplify your designs to the medium of paper-cutting.

You will need to be able to work (fairly quickly and deftly) with a pair of scissors.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including:
  • A selection of paper, gouache and glue

What students need to bring

  • A good comfortable, sharp pair of scissors you enjoy using. A selection of small (for more delicate work), medium and large scissors might be useful but not obligatory for this course.
  • If there are any particular or special papers you have at home and like to work with, feel free to bring them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • The craft shop is stocked with a huge variety of different papers and other useful materials.
On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including: A selection of paper, gouache and glue.

Tutors

Annabel Tilley

Annabel Tilley, graduate of the University of Brighton and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, has a drawing-based and sketchbook practice and has exhibited widely and undertaken several residencies. She is a lecturer, co-author of What they didn't teach you in art school (Octopus Books, 2016) and co-Founder of Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-2015).

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