The course will begin with a discussion about mindfulness and being present in the place. It will consider the opportunities for creativity that are abundant in the grounds of the College using found natural materials to create ephemeral work. Working sensitively with the space. An introductory presentation looking at other practitioners' work in the context of land art will introduce the subject and introduce a wide range of scales and possibilities. A group discussion about joining techniques/ thorn staples, weaving, anchoring, using only what is present to make the work will start the day.
You will document your work either through drawing, photography or video, and this will be a key component of the course. You will consider climatic conditions such as sun, shade, rain, wind and so on. You will question if the work is animated by the environment (such as wind, water flow and fire) or is the work animated by time, either in creation or destruction. You will then consider how will this be documented and displayed. Only the document will remain, the works will fade back into the landscape from whence they came.
Your tutor will be walking between students and talking with them individually whilst they are working. Your tutor will also be leading group critiques to review the work (either physically or through looking at the document of the work).
You may be working with sharp knives and saws, fire, wire with sharp ends, an introduction to safe working practices will be given at the start of the day.
Work produced will be self-directed, a playful approach and lateral thinking are encouraged. There is no right or wrong.
This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Dan studied Fine Art Sculpture at Winchester School of Art, and has an MA in Garden Design and Landscape Architecture. He was featured on the BBC's Gardeners World. He has been teaching for 18 years, primarily at the Arts University in Bournemouth. An RHS show garden judge and member of the Society of Garden Designers.