You will be working as much as possible directly from life; drawing from the fauna and flora of the College’s beautiful rural surroundings and nearby coastline, as well as having access to private farmland on and around the West Dean Estate. Your tutor will demonstrate different tools and approaches at every opportunity, as well as sharing her own sketches and the work of other artists. You will start by being guided through some inspirational visual references before you tackle the challenge of timed and informative speed-drawing sessions.
Your tutor will include some optional, unsupervised evening projects and will offer you useful advice on a compact and versatile outdoor sketching kit to suit the particular style and focus of your own work. She will also provide a number of well-illustrated books for you to enjoy and reference, and will suggest ways of developing your sketches into more considered work if you wish.
By the end of the course, you will have greatly accelerated your drawing and painting speed and agility, arming you with increased sketching confidence and ability in line, tone and colour. You will also have deepened your understanding and developed a closer bond with the living world of our shared planet.
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)
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.
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