A chance to expand your drawings and ideas. Stuck on your easel or table with small pieces of paper? Ever wondered how artists manage to draw such big pictures? This two day course will help you make your largest drawings so far. You will be encouraged to get out of your comfort zone when making your art which you can apply to other mediums and processes you work with.
Working on large rolls of paper and eight foot by four foot drawing boards you will be sketching life size figures, still life objects and using your imagination. You will experiment with mark-making and charcoal techniques that allow you to increase the scale and confidence in your drawing. These include using your whole body to move your hands to draw, with long sticks, pushing, smudging and blending your charcoal to give form, light and drama in your work.
You will have group and one-to-one tutorials throughout, and the the tutor will draw alongside you to demonstrate techniques. There will be a presentation on modern contemporary drawing where we will look at different artists and explore how they created their work and how charcoal still holds an important place in the artist’s palette for the 21st Century.
You will leave with large drawings, with a new found confidence in working to scale and developed your drawing skills and techniques. You will have found a new empathy with the great masters’ paintings, frescos and statues, an appreciation of the large works by contemporary artists.
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)
Pete is a professional artist working from his studio and gallery 'Atelier' in Castle Road Southsea. This year he won the Osanna Prize and The Bezalel Prize, for drawing, at The Chaiya Awards in London and had a major solo exhibition of his large charcoal drawings in Oxford.