Using observation, memory and imagination, explore the expressive qualities of line in black and white. Try out fluid and dry drawing tools and find inspiration in the work of other artists.
Black and white images can have a particularly powerful and striking presence amid the confusion of colours that vie for attention.
Study the arresting and expressive qualities of black and white line in all its rich variety, using a series of imaginative projects based on observation, memory and imagination. The course is suitable for all abilities, including beginners, and for those wishing to develop the use of black and white in any fine or applied art contexts.
You will examine and explore some of the many fluid and dry tools suitable for sketchbook use, including improvised and invented drawing devices. Maxine will guide and support you throughout the course with demonstrations, talks and references to artists' work. Maxine also brings selected examples of her work to illustrate techniques, ideas and usefulness of sketchbooks.
You will leave the course having developed a keener perception and understanding of linear rhythm and tonal balance – the foundation for visual art in all disciplines and an important precursor to working with colour.
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)
Teaching at West Dean since 2005, Maxine works across drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking and mixed media. Exhibits widely, runs a 3-floor gallery of her work in Gloucestershire, included in public and private collections around the world. Trained in London at Camberwell and the Slade. An elected member of the Royal West of England Academy.