Drawing the scaffolding with Kate Boucher

Ref: S2D09604



About this course

Structure, light, tone, form, pattern: a mixed-media, experimental exploration of the atmospheric, structural beauty of the scaffolding structures enveloping West Dean House, before they disappear forever.

Course Description

This course will embrace the dynamic and atmospheric structures of the West Dean College scaffolding before it disappears forever, as the replacement of the College roof nears completion.

You will have special access to the Estate Boardroom and its particular views directly onto the structures.

Through an open and experimental approach, you will explore ways in which to capture the contradictory nature of this scaffolding: dynamic and intricate, linear and tonal, with mass and also insubstantial. The emphasis will be on the impressionistic and atmospheric rather than accurate representation.

First through guided exercises leading to supported independent work, you will work directly from the structures, gathering drawn and photographic images, using sketchbooks and a variety of scales.

By the end of the course you will have gained an understanding of how to develop an idea from an initial starting point, experimented with a variety of mark-making media and techniques for how to combine them.


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, 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


On this course the College will supply most of the materials including HB black conte, square compressed charcoal, 2 Schminke pastels, lining paper roll, A1 white cartridge paper x 2, A1 Arboretta paper x 2, tracing paper (one large sheet) plastic rubber and a cotton rag each. Plus fixative, Pritt stick and acrylic matte medium to share.

What students need to bring

Camera and lead to connect it to a PC - smart phone, or ipads are fine
Apron or work clothes
Selection of 3 brushes including a fine, a medium and small decorating brush (1.5" or 2"). Bring what you have, there is no specific shape or size needed.
Natural, wax candle (no colour added)
A1 white paper to lean on (can be scrap as it will not be for drawing on)
Variety of scrap papers, envelopes, etc no more than a carrier bag full

Available to buy

Available from shop

2 pencils, andy H and a 4B or 6B, or same in a graphite stick, or same in a graphite stick
A1 Cartridge paper - including Seawhites cupcycled (recycled paper cups)
Koh-i-noor watercolour disc set
Pencil sharpener, selection of pencil crayons, waterproof drawing pen, non-waterproof drawing pen.
Waterbased paints such as watercolour, gouache, acrylic (it doesn't matter which)

Available from tutor

Earth-burn charcoal
Chestnut shards
Oak and Beech lump


Kate Boucher

Kate Boucher is an experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational tutor who specialises in building students' creative confidence in a supportive teaching environment. She trained at Chelsea School of Art and recently gained a Master of Fine Art from West Dean College. She was awarded a prestigious QEST scholarship, was the Edward James Foundation Scholar in 2015/16 and winner of the Valarie Power Prize for Visual Arts. Her dark and evocative charcoal drawings often have unnaturally tilted horizons, hints of a double exposure and foregrounds that appear to shift and slip. Her practice also includes handmade felt and forged metal structures also created as a response to landscape.


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

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