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Live online course – Kinaesthetic drawing with Deborah Petch

Ref: SCW11063

Intermediate

£75
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About this course

An invigorating and joyful day of drawing, making marks and letting your body do the work. You will embrace what your materials offer and learn to express yourself freely on a large scale.

Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the date shown.

Course Description

The emergence of post-war abstract expressionism explored the idea of expressing the unconscious through gestural mark-making. We will consider this avant-garde movement alongside ideas on automatic drawing and embodied drawing in context to the day.

You will be introduced to examples of kinaesthetic drawing to inform and inspire you. You will start working small scale through experimentation and development of your own mark-making repertoire with charcoal and graphite. Your drawing will be initially inspired by sensory stimuli expressed through gestural bodily movement, introducing layering and editing as you go. You will trust the intelligence of your body and begin to learn how to express yourself freely without any preconceived plans and without trying to make your work look like something. You will begin small and experimental and as you gain in confidence you will be given the opportunity to draw on a large scale. You will create one very large piece of gestural work.

You will be supported with exercises and demonstrations throughout the day. There will be one-to-one support and group discussion. Your tutor will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have and encourage you to be experimental and free.

By the end of the day, you will have gained a repertoire of mark-making experiments, learnt to trust gestures, movement and your body’s instincts to increase self-expression in your drawing. You will feel liberated from the idea of what drawing ought to be and what it actually can be.

DAILY TIMETABLE:

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

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).
  • Materials:
  • Paper – 8 x A1 sheets cartridge paper 300gsm (heavy weight) is preferable or 220gsm is fine.
  • (You may also use a 2 – 3 metre piece of Fabriano paper which is sold in 10 metre rolls, or a roll of good quality lining paper from a hardware store if you prefer.) Your tutor will be using A1 paper.
  • Charcoal – willow in a variety of sizes
  • 2 x chunky graphite sticks
  • 2 x compressed charcoal sticks
  • 2 x sticks of white chalk
  • 2 x plastic erasers (or one cut in half)
  • Masking tape (wide)
  • Clean cotton rag
  • Optional extras – ink, graphite powder, fixative spray, sandpaper, a very large stick of charcoal or graphite
  • You will also need to have:
  • A wall or floor area to work on. This area will need to be protected with plastic sheeting or a sheet to prevent any damage from charcoal dust etc. You will be attaching the paper to the wall or floor with masking tape during the course. A hard floor surface is required if you are working on the floor.
  • This is a fairly physical day. Please wear old clothes you don’t mind getting dusty with charcoal and graphite.
  • Tools and equipment:
  • Rags, sticks, feathers and other tools for mark-making purposes.

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

Deborah Petch

Deborah Petch studied locally at Brighton University and University of Chichester. Her masters degree culminated in a series of large scale abstract paintings which all evolved from drawing and printmaking processes. Deborah is primarily concerned with the exploration of being in the world which she expresses through her artwork. She enjoys working outdoors on ancient sites where the weather, sense of place and nuances of the past all influence her work. Deborah has worked with Arts Council England, Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. She has exhibited throughout the UK.

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