Explore the expressive qualities of charcoal to represent the
evocative landscape of West Dean. Develop your repertoire of
mark-making techniques, working from direct observation and your
Learn how to respond to the landscape as you explore the tone, composition and material qualities of drawing with charcoal. On the first evening the tutor will present examples of her work for inspiration, including sketchbooks and research material. You then begin with some simple drawing exercises to help you explore the mark-making possibilities of charcoal. From these you will begin to build a range of expressive techniques with which to represent the beautiful and evocative landscape at West Dean.
You then work from direct observation and from your own photographs of the West Dean landscape. From this research material and your charcoal experiments you will produce quick studies, and then make finished drawings in a variety of scales of size. The tutor will guide you through each stage of the process, as well as support you in developing your own personal response to the subject of landscape through group discussions and one to one support.
By the end of the course you will have developed your skills with charcoal and gained confidence to use the techniques learned to respond to and draw other landscapes beyond the course.
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)
Kate Boucher is an experienced, enthusiastic and inspirational
tutor who specialises in building students' creative confidence in
a supportive teaching environment. She trained at Chelsea School of
Art and recently gained a Master of Fine Art from West Dean
College. She was awarded a prestigious QEST scholarship, was the
Edward James Foundation Scholar in 2015/16 and winner of the
Valarie Power Prize for Visual Arts. Her dark and evocative
charcoal drawings often have unnaturally tilted horizons, hints of
a double exposure and foregrounds that appear to shift and slip.
Her practice also includes handmade felt and forged metal
structures also created as a response to landscape.