How often do you take photographs of peeling paint, lichen, rusting metal, weathered rock surfaces and neglected buildings as inspiration, but then need to find a way to use them. In this mixed media course you will be introduced to some materials and processes that will help you to create rich and textured surfaces based on the inspiration found in your own photographs. Explore how to interpret those beautiful marks on paper and discuss how to take these experiments through to fabric.
Working on paper you will experiment with a variety of media including paints, inks, dyes, oil pastel, puff binder and rusting powder. Your series of small paper-based studies will enable you to layer experiments and materials quickly, creating an understanding of your media. Your papers will be combined towards the end of the course by looking at how to put together a series of images into small book form. This will provide a record of your experiments.
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)
Christine Chester is an artist and teacher working from a textile studio in Eastbourne, having previously worked for 20 years in the Adult and FE sector. After being accepted into several juried competitions, Christine has a solo gallery at Festival of Quilts this year, alongside working to complete her Masters degree.