Drawing

Inspirational drawing in the gardens – pattern and place with Rosie MacCurrach

Ref: S1D10388

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£138
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About this course

Working in West Dean Gardens, you will explore them through direct observational drawing, mark-making and patterns. You will look at how these patterns, rhythms and textures can represent a sense of place, a feeling, movement, light and atmosphere.

Course Description

The subject of garden is a huge tradition within British art, representing the everyday to the fantastical. Working in West Dean Gardens, you will explore them through direct observational drawing and mark-making, looking for patterns and composition. We will look at how these can represent a sense of place and atmosphere. Referencing artists such as Samuel Palmer, Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney, Eric Ravilious and others, you will be encouraged to experiment in finding your own visual language to depict the garden.

A group introduction in the morning will be followed by short focused periods of drawing, and then a longer study in the afternoon.You will learn how to look for patterns, identify shapes and find rhythms, and explore how these feed into composition. You will be using charcoal and ink, focusing on line and tone. In addition, you will learn how to choose what to draw, by selecting patterns and shapes that attract you from the scene.

By the end of the day, you will have a body of short explorative drawings and one or two more finished pieces. You will have a range of marks to use in future drawings and projects. You will also have begun to identify what attracts you to a subject.

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 College will supply some of the materials, including charcoal, ink and white A2 cartridge paper.

What students need to bring

  • Drawing boards and camping chairs are available in the College, but please do bring your own, if you prefer.
  • Selection of different papers and sketchbooks – interesting textures, sizes and colours can really help.
  • Pencils (softer ones are best) 2B-8B. Brushes or ink pen, rubber and pencil sharpener.
  • Outdoor footwear, waterproofs and warm clothes (as sitting still outside can get cold even in the summer), sun hat, warm hat
  • 3 jam-jars with lids.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Selection of different papers and sketchbooks – interesting textures, sizes and colours can really help
  • Pencils (softer ones are best) 2B-8B
  • Charcoal (range of widths)
  • Ink
  • Brushes or ink pen
  • Rubber
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Bulldog clips to secure your paper
Please come equipped for all weathers, sunhats and or waterproofs. We will be outside all day.

Tutors

Rosie MacCurrach

Rosie Maccurrach studied at Chelsea College of Art and Royal Drawing School. She has worked as a print designer and artist in fashion, film, illustration, and recently spent a year as Artist in Residence at Great Dixter.

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