Ink drawing – surface, marks and expression with Helen Turner

Ref: S3D08820

Suitable for all


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About this course

Please note that Helen Turner will now teach this course rather than Gary Goodman. Explore the potential of different inks on a variety of surfaces to make dramatic and striking work. Create bold expressive drawings with brush, dip pen, sponge, sticks and more. Work from both observation and imagination.

Course Description

Explore the potential of different inks on a variety of surfaces to make dramatic and striking work. Drawing with ink and a brush is an ancient form of art that originated in China many centuries ago, and has continued to be a medium of choice for many contemporary artists such as AR Penck, Alan Davie, Gill Button, Raymond Pettibon, Miroco Machiko, Richard Diebenkorn.

Through exercises you will experiment with a variety of drawing applicators, including brush, dip pen, sponge, sticks and more to create confident mark making. You will explore approaches to working with ink on different papers, including mixing with water to create washes, experimenting with colour and being spontaneous in your creative approach. You will learn how to both control the medium as well as allowing the ink to take its own course. Working from both observation and imagination, you will gain confidence in creating personal and individual imagery. The sessions will be supported by demonstrations, individual and group tutorials and discussion.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence to explore your own creative ideas more freely, sharpened your awareness of the possibilities of the medium, and feel 'loosened-up' so that you are able to continue using ink with courage at home.


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, 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


  • Some additional paper and inks shared amongst the group to try out.

What students need to bring

  • A selection of your preferred paint brushes

Available to buy

  • Brushes (soft watercolour or Chinese brushes)
  • Ink (Black Indian ink - Windsor and Newton, waterproof and non-waterproof)
  • Paper (cartridge, watercolour)
  • Sketchbook
  • Dip pens


Helen Turner

Helen has successfully been teaching painting and drawing for 20 years. She has a BA Hons in painting from Canterbury College of Art (1986) and Postgraduate Diploma, from Cyprus College of Art (1990). In 2002 Helen was selected for the John Moores painting prize; 2011 was included in the touring show About Painting with a published book, and in 2012 she had a solo show at the Eagle Gallery. In 2014-16 the artist was represented by Wilson Stephens and Jones Gallery. In 2013 all of Helen's work was destroyed in a studio fire in Lewes and it was after this that Helen started to work in a different way using a wide range of materials, experimenting and finding new and exciting ways to make work.


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

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