Explore collage as a medium in itself and discover how it can be used as a creative tool and inspiration for drawing, painting or mixed media work.
Through a series of experimental exercises, you will examine your understanding and preconceptions of collage, and begin to develop themes that appeal to you and capture your imagination. These themes will be investigated and enhanced further as you create a succession of experimental collages. Using drawing and mark-making skills that focus on line, surface, texture and pattern, you will experiment with more abstract, non-representative drawing and collage techniques working with pencils, inks and gouache.
The work will conclude by taking elements of these newly-created collages to be re-examined, with viewfinders, as a basis for making a series of small drawings/paintings/collages. You will also discover how the medium of collage, in general, can be a useful tool for the inspiration of larger long-term works.
You will be working individually with one-to-one help and advice from the tutor, followed by an informal group discussion at the end of each day.
You will explore a variety of techniques including cutting, sewing, sticking and mark-making, and will work with a mix of materials such as different types of paper, old books, photographs, magazines, newsprint, wallpaper, glue, ink, gouache/watercolour, coloured ink and pencils.
At the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of the nature of collage, and how it can be used with corresponding materials. You will take home a sequence of finished collages and drawings.
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)
"The atmosphere at West Dean is so special. It’s a sanctuary from the stresses of life where I can indulge my passion for creativity. The teaching is exceptional and inspiring."Cathy, 2020
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).