This course aims to increase your understanding of narrative in imagery and how to tell a story, implicitly, or explicitly in your work. You will be encouraged to explore the process of producing and developing research material and how to select, manipulate and transpose that into more complete artwork. There will be plenty of individual and group feedback and discussion sessions.
The course will begin with a slide talk and a question and answer session about narrative in drawing and painting. The first morning’s work will be drawing from and recording the building and environs at West Dean, it’s human activity and atmosphere. This location research will be used as source material for a narrative image or series of sequential images.
The next task will be using this source material in the studio to produce thumbnail sketches exploring compositional possibilities and narrative drive. You will then produce a good working rough draft from selected imagery. The next session will focus on developing the rough draft into a more finished artwork, using drawing and painting as the main constituent elements. You may wish to revisit a location if you feel the initial research work needs development.
By the end of the course, you will have an understanding of the narrative in imagery and how to gather information and collate this to tell a story in your own work.
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)
Haydn Cottam is a painter who trained at St Martins College of Art, London and since graduating has exhibited in Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Cardiff, Leicester, East Anglia, Cheltenham and Sussex. He shows at the Catto Gallery, Hampstead. Haydn has won painting prizes at the National Portrait and Mall Galleries and his work is part of the BBC archived National Art Collection.