Live online course: Momentum drawing practice – Ink (EJF Alumni) with Deborah Petch

FDAD Online course Drawing

Ref: SCW12302

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About this course

This course is for students who have successfully graduated from OFCAD or FDAD.

The focus of the day is to explore drawing in its broadest sense and to develop confidence in self-directed study. The tutor will introduce the subject brief outlined below at the start of the day, with a presentation. Plenary session is at the end of the afternoon and all students must attend.

After your booking has been confirmed you will be sent details on how to join the course. Please follow the instructions.

Course Description

Theme for the day:  The fluidity of Ink

The aim of the day is to work predominantly with ink on paper in a fluid, joyous and expressive way.  You will lose control of the ink and reclaim it back again through experimentation and play.  Through the examination and practice of technique you will learn about the properties of ink, how it behaves on different papers, using water, resist and different tools to encourage a variety of effects. 

The day begins with a presentation and demonstration.  You will then make small experiments with various drawing tools (see list below).  You will learn how ink behaves/misbehaves and aim to control/lose control through experimentation and playfulness.  You will then go outside and work large scale ‘en plein air’ responding to your exterior space if possible.  If you don’t have a garden or open space let the tutor know at the start of the day.

By the end of the day, you will have learnt about the joy of ink, its fluidity and unpredictability that leads to surprising results.  You will have embraced the elements of weather conditions in your work and the liberating experience of going large, free, and expressive in your drawing.

ABOUT YOUR TUTOR: Deborah Petch studied fine art at Brighton University and University of Chichester.  Her work is primarily concerned with the exploration of being in the world and has been exhibited throughout the UK including the Royal Scottish Academy and Mall Galleries. Deborah has worked with Arts Council England, Pallant House Gallery, University of Chichester and Central Saint Martins. 

Please be sure to be in the Zoom Room at 9.00 so the session can start promptly. 

9am  All students to join Zoom
10.30am Tea break 
1-2pm    Lunch 
3.30pm  Tea break
5pm   Finish

Course Materials

What you need


ALL STUDENTS: it is useful to have your sketchbooks close to hand and a camera to photograph and share images of your work in progress.
You will also need a computer with a web browser to connect to Zoom that has in-built microphone and camera. Your wifi must be reliable.
Please ensure that your face is lit and camera switched on so that all students and tutor can see each other. 

Roll of lining paper/wallpaper
Variety of papers to experiment with:
- 4 x A1 Cartridge paper 300gam, 
- 2 x A1 watercolour paper 300gsm and above
Selection of different inks
- Indian Ink
- Quink ink (black) 
- White ink
Plastic pipettes
- half inch flat brush
- 1-inch flat brush
- large decorators brushes
Stick from the garden/park
Masking tape

– Tools to draw with, ranging from:  Pens with nibs to a variety of brushes from small to large (decorating brush or bakers brush).  Old credit cards/bits of plastic, drinking straws, a glue spreader, feathers, lace, sticks, grasses, nature, string, sponges, a toothbrush, plastic bags, cling film.  An old biro that doesn’t work; or something similarly sharp to make indentation marks on the paper.
– An old cutlery knife (or a bone folder if you have one)
– Scissors
– Wax candle
– Salt
– Water spritzer and an empty squeezy bottle.
– At least 4 jam jars (these will contain water and ink and can also be used to anchor the paper when outdoors.  (Or a few stones/rocks as paper weights).
– Kitchen roll, rags or blotting paper
– Gum strip and a board (optional)
– Old clothing as ink stains

Table (covered with plastic or something protective)
Floorspace (protected)
Outdoor space

The tutor instructs health and safety issues relevant to this course.


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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