Drawing in three-dimensions – in and with nature with Isobel Smith


Ref: S2D11744

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About this course

Expand the possibilities of your practice; draw in and with nature, then use your two-dimensional sketches to create large-scale temporary installations and three-dimensional drawings using natural materials.

Course Description

Drawing from nature, in it and with it, you will take your two-dimensional sketches into three-dimensions. Create large-scale temporary installations and three-dimensional drawings using natural materials and expand the possibilities of your practice.

Beginning with drawing on paper outside and back in the studio, drawing from natural forms from the grounds and gardens, you will create sketches to lift off the page and transform into fabulous three-dimensional installations throughout the day.

You will experiment with structure and form, exploring ways to express your creativity effectively in three-dimensional sketches using materials such as newspaper, string, sticks and leaves, willow, hay and other natural materials from the grounds. On day two you will be encouraged to make work directly from the materials without visual reference to your drawings, taking a more abstract and felt approach to three-dimensional drawing/making before deciding which idea or exploration to work with to the end of the course.

This playful and experimental approach embraces fluidity, immediacy, precariousness, curiosity, experience, transience and impermanence of three-dimensional forms, while encouraging solid, permanent far-reaching outcomes for your on-going work by means of ideas, possibilities and inspirations that arise throughout the process. It is imagined that all work made on the course will be destroyed as the final creative act of the course.

Led by an experienced inspirational tutor and mentor, you will be guided through demonstrations and exercises to develop skills, techniques and approaches required for you to embrace the third-dimension in your individual art practice.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the College will supply all of the materials including newsprint, paper, pencils, ink, charcoal, chalk pastels, willow withies, masking tape and string.

What students need to bring

  • Warm water-proof non-precious clothing - we will be working outside during the course.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General drawing materials and paper that you may need.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Isobel Smith

Isobel Smith lives and works in East Sussex, UK. She completed her MA in Sculpture/Performance at the Royal College of Art in 2017. She has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, and performed at the Tate Modern and Performance Festivals in the UK and abroad. Her practice crosses sculpture, performance and moving image.


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

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