Explore the fresh and distinctive marks made by a variety of pens and brushes to make lively and responsive drawings. There will be a balance of technical advice on the range of pens from the traditional nib pens, bamboo pens and quills to modern waterproof technical pens and fine brushes. This will be followed by some observational drawing as you learn to apply these techniques taking inspiration from West Dean Gardens and the interiors of West Dean College.
You will be given advice in using inks and watercolour with demonstrations of how these interrelate with the line drawing. Discover how resist and bleach can interact with washes to get interesting negative (reverse) effects. You will also learn how to stretch paper prior to painting as well as basic use of perspective in drawing.
This course will give you an understanding of these exciting mediums and inspire you to explore further their potential in your future work.
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)
"The course was really good - Paul is very approachable and has a lovely teaching style that puts everyone at ease. He is keen to give everyone personal direction, and I’m certain that we all came away with some great pointers and a new confidence to go out and sketch. I know I do!"Fenella, 2019
Paul Cox's fluid, immediate draughtsmanship and vibrant colour
makes him one of the most enjoyable of contemporary illustrators. A
recent highly successful exhibition in London of over 200 works
demonstrated the breadth of his achievement, and especially the
geographical range of his imagery; for he is a significant
topographical painter as well as both an incisive and sensitive
literary illustrator and highly versatile designer.