Make your sketchbooks a private place of invention where anything is possible. Use a series of rapid collage and drawing techniques with one idea leading to another to turn old books into new sketchbooks.
On this course you will learn how to create and sustain a sketchbook over a period of intense experimentation, exploring the creative process and making use of old maps, books and catalogues.
The aim of the course is experimentation. By working in a spontaneous and unpremeditated fashion - where one idea quickly leads to another - you will gain in confidence and benefit from embracing a variety of new topics, techniques and materials.
You will explore the sketchbook in two ways. Firstly, as a place to record and try-out new ideas and, secondly, as a book in itself, where a single idea, theme or motif can be pursued to its logical end through drawing, composition and collage.
Working from your imagination, as well as being inspired by the stunning West Dean environment, the course will start with a series of rapid drawing and sketchbook exercises to develop topics of interest and explore how to work quickly and open yourself to serendipity. You will then proceed to develop and expand your own themes and motifs through creating an extended sketchbook. This will involve working in, and transforming, existing old books. See note below on bringing a selection of three old books for use during the course.
At the end of the course you will have created and filled several sketchbooks. You will have originated a series of individual themes and motifs. You will have experimented with a variety of paper-based materials and explored different techniques as well as creative process. You will leave the course with a new understanding of how valuable and enjoyable a sketchbook can be.
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)
A small amount of basic stitching will be involved in creating the sketchbooks, and the tutor will be on hand to help or guide you with this.
Annabel Tilley, graduate of the University of Brighton and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, has a drawing-based and sketchbook practice and has exhibited widely and undertaken several residencies. She is a lecturer, co-author of What they didn't teach you in art school (Octopus Books, 2016) and co-Founder of Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-2015).