There are many different ways of keeping a sketchbook and this course will help you find yours. Discover why and how you can use a sketchbook to both develop ideas towards finished works, and creatively record those little sparks of inspiration. You will learn how to develop ideas from a variety of starting points using drawing, painting, collage and found objects. You will also learn how to use different materials, gathering and selecting those that inspire you most. The tutor encourages you to embrace the accidental, find joy in experimentation and build confidence in expressing your ideas.
On the first evening, you will begin with some exercises using the images, photographs and papers you bring. Then across the two days, you will be guided to develop your ideas, taking inspiration from your imagery, examples of the tutor’s and other artists’ sketchbooks, and demonstrations.
By the end of the course, you will have learned to embrace the accidental, found joy in experimentation and have developed confidence in your ability to express your ideas within a sketchbook.
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.
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.
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)
"So inspiring to be with an enthusiastic group of people! Everyone at West Dean - from the staff at the door to those serving coffees and meals were so positive, cheerful and helpful, it was a real pleasure to be there. And excellent tutor - informative, fun and encouraging."Helen, August 2020
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.