This course not only takes you out into the magnificent landscape on the West Dean Estate to draw and paint but will introduce you to local materials that are sympathetic to the environment as well as to the earth. For the first day we will walk out to the arboretum where you will have an opportunity to make reconnaissance artworks using charcoal, ink and watercolours that you will use to inform paintings back in the studio. You will be introduced to the medium of egg tempera which can be used as a paint-medium in its own right or it can be used as an under-paint or ground before applying oil paints. It is suggested that you bring your preferred materials on this course excluding acrylic paint which contains plastic.
Eliminating toxic materials in our artists supplies is very difficult but returning to tried and tested mediums used historically by artists in combination with digital technology has to be a step in the right direction. The fusion of what we know now with what we can draw on from the past is immense and exciting. The second day will consist of studio practice, collating and isolating visual material created the previous day whilst out on location, you will utilise this to produce a final piece or pieces of work. The day will consist of one-to-one tutorials, demonstrations and conversations.
The course will be carefully planned but the tutor encourages you to find your own voice and travel down your own path, therefore you have the opportunity to follow what is planned or take a leap of faith and work independently, with the full support of your tutor.
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)
Melanie Rose is a visual artist. She graduated from Trent Polytechnic with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art in 1987, then Central Saint Martins with MA in Fine Art in 2002. Melanie is a member of the practice-led research group Land2, has exhibited extensively, and has work in both public and private collections.