Challenge and transform your drawing and painting skills and experiences by exploring dynamic and playful approaches. Work from the model using a variety of mediums and techniques that encourage intuitive responses to spontaneous mark-making to free up your drawing and painting. Make expressive work from both observation and imagination, with colour as well as black and white.
You will work through a series of fantastical set themes and poses. Each day will have a new theme with long and short poses.
The course includes the following projects:
1. Playful sessions include concertina book drawing, three-dimensional collage and full scale ink drawings.
Music will also be used to inform your mark-making.
2. Frida Kahlo, colour, dreams and symbolism.
True to the history of West Dean College this session is designed for you to explore Surrealism through life drawing and the works of Frida Kahlo.
The model will be set within a mass of Mexican imagery and colourful fabrics, fruit and symbolic items, such as Frida Kahlo might have used in her paintings.
On completing the course you will have experienced a playful and alternative approach to life drawing and painting, and gained confidence in working intuitively. You will be able to incorporate figure drawing with aspects of your own imagination to make rich and expressive paintings.
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)
Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, aka The Baron Gilvan, is a painter,
performer and animator.
Graduating from Central St Martins he won the Royal Overseas League bursary to paint in India and Nepal. He designed the BBC Proms logos for two seasons, has exhibited extensively and performed at the Jerwood Gallery Hastings. Chris also trained at Kracow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, and University of Brighton. He has taught over 20 years from Foundation to Degree level. Chris is a member of Central Illustration Agency and has illustrated 20 children's books, including 'Becoming Me', Frances Lincoln Publishing.
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