The tutor introduces low-tech direct ways of working with printing techniques, including block printing, monoprint (one-off prints) and collagraphs (prints from textured plates). Using these different print methods, you will explore line, surface qualities, texture and pattern.
You will develop drawing techniques through a series of exercises, experimenting with graphite, ink and wax resist. The focus is to explore the character and quality of the drawn line and the surface, and is less about picture-making. These creative explorations will inspire your ideas as well as provide some backgrounds and collages on which to print. Next, you will combine print techniques with drawing and collage.
Taking inspiration from West Dean Gardens, you will make direct observations of trees, considering shape, line, pattern and texture. Supported by your tutor, you will bring all this together – drawing, printing, materials and techniques, so that subject and process become equally important.
Throughout the course, there will be tutor demonstrations, directed practical exercises and mini projects. By the end of the course, you will have a number of drawings and prints which will provide a useful resource to develop further. You will have gained practical knowledge to help you develop your own work and enrich your visual language. You will also have acquired a greater understanding of materials and gained confidence in drawing and mark-making.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Joanna tutors with a focus on surface qualities and 2 dimensional design. She trained initially in Printed Textile Design at Manchester and then in Ceramics at The Royal College of Art. She has 30 years of teaching experience in colleges, universities, schools, museums and galleries. Joanna is a long standing member of Contemporary Applied Arts.
Self-paced online courses
Mixed and other media