Inks are vibrant, transparent, mixable and extremely fluid pigments ideal for experimental drawing using diverse tools.
Learn how to use inks to interpret both light and water reflections. This often unheeded realm will enrich your visual experience by revealing unexpected and surprising discoveries as you notice more light and reflection in your everyday environment.
Explore a wide range of approaches to drawing with this versatile medium. Ink types include carbon, pigment, Sumi, Indian and Oriental stick inks, either waterbased or waterproof. You will also learn about ink from organic sources such as walnuts and blackberries, which you can make at home. You will combine inks with other mediums such as watercolour washes. You will experiment with a broad range of tools, including pens (fude, bamboo, dip, calligraphy), brushes and invented drawing implements. Through exploration, you will find the tools that suit your own style.
Maxine’s demonstrations will take you through a series of imaginative projects, introducing you to treatments of the two topics by different artists. You will explore working from your imagination and visual references, as well as direct observation in and around the College. Maxine will bring examples of her own work and sketchbooks to supplement your learning.
By the end of the course, you will have enjoyed playful and lively explorations of inks, revitalised your creative thinking, usefully extended your visual vocabulary and built your confidence to look for original solutions in unexpected places. You will also know how to make inks in your own home or studio.
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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