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 for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
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.