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Live online course with craft box – Narrative through drawing, collage and stitch with Matthew Harris

Ref: SCW11035

Intermediate

£167
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About this course

Explore the contrast of continuity and change through drawing, collage and stitch. Working on primed canvas from a collection of objects, develop a personal language, narrative and history through the interaction of making, materials and process to improve your art textiles.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on Monday, 22 March and Wednesday 24 March.
Tuesday, 23 March is an untutored day for self-directed study while developing your work.

Course Description

This course will be taught over two days (22 March and 24 March) with an untaught day in between which is designed to give you time to develop the work made on the first taught day. This work will then form the basis of the explorations that happen on the second taught day.

Working from a collection of personal objects, you will be looking at ways in which to generate a collection of visual material that has the potential to evolve and change along a three and a half metre length of cloth. Your starting point will be a collection of personal objects that you have acquired, inherited or collected. These do not have to be exceptional objects; they may be ephemeral or throw away, or they might have strong associations or personal memories; they may form a group or be totally disconnected. What they must all share, however, are visual elements that excite and interest you; elements to do with colour, texture, pattern, form, material, for example.

Working with a range of materials and approaches, including drawing, painting, collage, applique and stitch, you will extract and play with information from your objects through observation, repetition, distortion, fracturing and stretching. Your piece of cloth will then evidence the process of this development along its entire length. This will be done by recording the working and re-working of ideas and approaches and in so doing, layers of information are laid down, worked over, re-shaped, hidden and revealed over three days, to create a rich palimpsest that becomes an object in its own right or one that forms the starting point for further ideas.

DAILY TIMETABLE for taught days, 22 March and 24 March
09.00 – 09.15 All students to join via Zoom
09.15 – 10.45 Introductions, health and safety, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.45 Teaching, Q+A followed by independent study, with tutor support
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.45 Teaching, Q+A, independent study with tutor support
15.45 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.00 Plenary and next steps

Course Materials

Included

Materials included in the course fee:
A single three metre length of primed cloth which will be prepared by the tutor (throughout this project everything you do will be done on this cloth).  This will be sent to you in advance of the course. These can only currently be mailed to addresses in the UK mainland (however, if you live outside this area, please see the FAQs below to find out if alternative arrangements are possible).

What you need

Please read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.

To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either:
1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the Share screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary.
Or
2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference).

You will also need to have:
A collection of personal objects, inherited, acquired, collected, rich in visual information.
A selection of wet and dry drawing materials including, coloured pencils, coloured inks, paint (acrylic, gouache or watercolour)
Dry pastels and/or wax pastels.
A drawing nib or dip pen
A selection of brushes
Graphite pencils
Collage materials which can include coloured and textured papers, scrap images and fabric
PVA and a pot to mix it in
Coloured threads, such as embroidery thread, as well as any other type of yarn, ribbon etc.

Tools and equipment:
Different sized needles and pins
Scalpel or craft knife
Masking tape
A clear table workspace to set out your materials and cloth, protected appropriately for working.

FAQs

What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
or
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
or
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email online@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact online@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. If your course includes multiple units, by booking you are committing to attend all unit dates listed in the course description, no alternative dates or refund can be offered for any that you are unable to attend. For any other queries about online courses please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office bookings@westdean.ac.uk with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Boxes are usually larger than letterbox size and the courier may contact you via email with delivery information. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date. If the original delivery is failed or refused and returned to the College, you will be responsible for paying any additional charges for re-delivery. 

Tutors

Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris studied at Goldsmiths College and makes work in both paper and cloth that is primarily concerned with the exploration and exploitation of abstract imagery. Matthew has work in the Crafts Council Collection and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. He has exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Japan.

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