Black-and-white images can have a particularly powerful and striking presence. Explore the many different ways in which tone can succeed in conveying visual impressions with greater effect than line by describing form, suggesting mood, creating depth, showing texture, conveying dramatic effects and above all, depicting light.
This course enables you to discover tools and approaches to working with tonal range. You will study the arresting and expressive qualities of black-and-white tone in all its rich variety, using a series of imaginative, guided projects based on observation, memory and imagination. The course is suitable for all abilities, including beginners, and for those wishing to develop the use of black-and-white in any fine or applied art contexts. You will be supported with demonstrations and inspiration from your tutor. There will be peer discussion, and one-to-one support.
By the end of the course you will have completed a successful series of investigations which will inform all your future work. You will have developed the keen tonal awareness that is essential to strong colour composition, and a clear grasp of ways in which dark is necessary to appreciate and depict light - the value contrast that forms the basis of tonal drawing.
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, 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)
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Teaching at West Dean since 2005, Maxine works across drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking and mixed media. Exhibits widely, runs a 3-floor gallery of her work in Gloucestershire, included in public and private collections around the world. Trained in London at Camberwell and the Slade. An elected member of the Royal West of England Academy.