Mixed and other media

The instant sketchbook with Annabel Tilley

Ref: S2D10082

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About this course

Re-energise your practice with an instant sketchbook. Make one, fill one and make another. Experiment with drawing, collage, composition and colour.

Course Description

Hourly, daily, weekly, timed and subject-focused sketchbooks can be used as research tools to explore ideas and techniques, or to revitalise your practice. If you are short of time, an instant sketchbook will hold and represent your current ideas and investigations in miniature.

The humble artist's sketchbook is a magical component of any artist's practice. Learn how to create an instant sketchbook using drawing and collage techniques. Work quickly, instinctually and experimentally to create rapid images where one idea leads to another.

The tutor will demonstrate how an instant sketchbook can be a practice-changing, joyful and liberating experience. You will learn how to overcome the hesitancy and indecision that can often eat away at precious studio time. You will also find yourself taking risks and trying new approaches in terms of technique, colour, form and composition.

To create the sketchbooks, you will need to do some very basic stitching, for which the tutor will be on hand to advise and assist.

By the end of the course, you will have learned how to make a variety of instant sketchbooks, and have created and filled three of your own. You will have developed new ideas about drawing and collage, and will have gained confidence in trusting your own judgement to work quickly and instinctually.

Timetable

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

Included

  • The cost of providing some paper-based materials for the sketchbooks including: archival glue, needles, thread and some paper-based collage material shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • A variety of collage material such as magazines, newsprint, wallpaper, tissue paper, foil and tracing paper etc. Drawing materials and a pair of scissors are essential.
  • Have a look online at artists' sketchbooks: Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Paul Klee, Georges Braque, Phyllida Barlow. Do some research on how artists, past and present, use sketchbooks and think about how you would like to use one in your own practice. Gather together general collage material – magazines, brochures and catalogues.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Scissors (essential) and a ruler
  • Pen, pencil, coloured pens and/or pencils, quick-drying paints like: watercolour, gouache, acrylic and/or coloured inks
  • Brushes
  • Gluestick (like Pritt Stick) if preferred - (archival PVA glue will be provided)
  • Papers – textured papers, tracing paper, tissue paper

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).

Accommodation

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

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