FDAD Alumni: Research and Development Course with Caroline Wendling

Ref: SLW09101

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About this course

These three days are for students who have completed the FDAD programme to support momentum in their practice, providing time, space and resources to begin a new project, or develop an existing one, supported by both tutor and peers.

Course Description

Caroline Wendling is a successful artist and senior tutor, experienced in responding to students' needs across different disciplines and in supporting the development of individual practice.

During the first evening each artist will share their work and intention for the study period with the group (up to four minutes each). This can include up to three images or objects, sketchbook pages, an 'in-progress' piece, another artist's work or found object.

Day One

Caroline will offer a short series of drawing exercises to get started using what you brought with you as a stimulus. This day is for independent practice supported by tutorials and technique demonstrations as required.

Day two

Facilitated and supportive group critiques at the start of the day followed by independent practice. One-to-one tutorials.

Day three

Time will be given for more in depth development and the making of works. Towards the end of the day students will gather to show and discuss their works and working methods during the course. Has the intention been achieved? Have your ideas changed? Was the making successful? What have you learned? What would you change if anything? What could be done next?

Students can continue to work into the evenings up to 10pm.

What you will gain:

Work at your own pace, on your own ideas, with expert support.

Research and development skills.

New directions or development of existing work.

Inspiration through exchange of ideas working alongside peers.

Time and space to work in a studio away from the distractions of daily life.

This course takes place in the Old Dairy, near the fulltime visual arts studios, and away from the busyness of the Chilli Festival which will be taking place during this weekend. Lunch is provided in the main building as usual.


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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

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)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

Bring preferred materials and equipment.

Students will have access to the Craft Shop, Library and festival.


Caroline Wendling

Caroline Wendling trained at ESAD, Strasbourg, France. She is an experienced printmaking teacher and ran Gainsborough's House Print Workshop for twelve years. Her residencies include Cambridge School of Art, Wysing Arts Centre and Deveron Arts where she created White Wood. She is the recipient of several Arts Council England Grants, and has been shortlisted for the Saltire Art in Public Places award.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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