This course is about the experience of processes to raise awareness of the senses and explore mark-making, it is about finding ways to notice more, to respond more deeply, and to widen your scope for expression in different drawing media.
You will learn to escape from the rush of making, to slow down and gradually let go of the visual stimuli that can dominate how you respond creatively to a subject. The tutor encourages you to let your other senses, including touch, sound and inner vision, come to the fore. Through structured exercises you will be guided to deeply notice these senses, and the information they gather, and explore ways to describe your personal experience of different materials including ink, pencil, pen, graphite, charcoal, chalk, clays and paper.
The tutor will guide you further to become more aware of subtle changes to your body sensation and movement, and ways to translate these into your mark-making.
You will spend time letting go of preconceived ideas, predictions, expectations and control, and tune into the senses deeply and subtly to encourage your inquisitive exploration of the lesser or unknown world in which you inhabit.
You will leave the course with a heightened awareness of your senses, an increased visual and sensory language, more confidence to use everyday materials in experimental and playful ways, and a more relaxed and confident attitude towards drawing and self-expression. You will take with you a repertoire of mark-making and processes to underpin your creative practice in future.
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)
Come with an open mind and a willingness to explore, play and 'not know'.
"Veronique held the group dynamic and the creative space for us with skill, compassion & an organic flow that responded to our needs. It felt like a safe space in which to let go & fully express to access our creative selves.Kate, 2019
Brilliant course, thank you."
Veronique Maria has a BA (hons) in Wood, Metals, Ceramics and Plastics from Brighton University, an MA in Psychosynthesis Psychology (Applied to Fine Art Practice) from Middlesex and is a Leadership Graduate with The Coaches Training Institute USA. She has worked as designer, artist and artists' mentor for forty years and exhibits internationally. She makes sculpture, painting and video and is passionate about the transformative power of creativity.