This course is about exploring drawing and mark-making using plaster and slips (liquid clays), and you can expect to create ceramic wall pieces, as well as works on paper. The emphasis will be on line, surface qualities, texture and pattern through observations of the visual qualities of landscapes. It is about exploring a subject in combination with the character of the materials and techniques and your starting point will be drawing, on both paper and plaster surfaces, in the grounds and Gardens at the College, to kick-start and inform your plaster drawings and ceramic casts.
You will initially make smooth plaster blocks to carve and draw into to create moulds for your slip cast drawings, exploring different types of mark-making using a range of tools and implements. The process has strong associations with both intaglio and relief printmaking. You will cast your drawings in semi porcelain to make wall pieces as well as experiment with paper clay casting. The technique and materials give scope for very delicate and finely detailed drawings to larger rougher outcomes.
Plaster drawing moulds serve as the vehicle to transfer drawings to clay through the casting process and can also exist as interesting works in their own right. The drawings carved into the plaster can also be used as blocks to make fine black and white prints using oil-based inks on Japanese paper, resembling wood cuts and lino prints and capable of communicating very fine graphic detail.
Initially you will follow structured teaching through specific exercises which can gradually give way to more individual explorations with tutor support and guidance. This course is suitable if you have an interest in drawing and mark-making, or if you enjoy working within the disciplines of ceramics, textiles, glass and metals and any area concerned with surfaces. You need to have enough hand strength to draw into plaster blocks.
Ceramic drawings will be fired for collection after the course.
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)
Joanna tutors with a focus on surface qualities and 2 dimensional design. She trained initially in Printed Textile Design at Manchester and then in Ceramics at The Royal College of Art. She has 30 years of teaching experience in colleges, universities, schools, museums and galleries. Joanna is a long standing member of Contemporary Applied Arts.