Drawing in the gardens – pattern and place with Rosie MacCurrach

Drawing

Ref: SLW10909

Intermediate

£381
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About this course

Explore a pattern-based interpretation of the gardens through drawing from observation. Consider pattern, rhythm and texture to represent a sense of place.

Course Description

Explore a pattern-based interpretation of the Gardens through drawing from observation. Consider how patterns, rhythms and textures can represent a sense of place, feeling, movement, light and atmosphere.

The relationship between garden and man is an on-going theme within British art. Gardens can represent the everyday but also act as a metaphor. It is a place where man and nature come together.

We will explore a pattern-based interpretation of West Dean Gardens through drawing from observation. You will look at how patterns, rhythms and textures can represent a sense of place, feeling, movement, light and atmosphere. Referencing artists such as Samuel Palmer, Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney, Eric Ravilious and others, you will be encouraged to experiment in finding your own visual language.

You need to be able to walk unaided through the countryside, and be able to work outdoors throughout each day in all weathers.

Each session will have a group introduction followed by individual support. There will be a strong focus on learning to look for patterns, rhythms and identifying shapes, textures and compositions. Drawing with pencils, charcoal and ink, explore different ways of interpreting what grows in the garden through experimental mark-making. You will also look at how you choose what to draw, pulling out of the scene the patterns and shapes that draw you in. Following this, you will draw the figure into your work and draw from memory as a way of understanding how you interpret what you see.

By the end of the course you will have a series of garden drawings including lots of short sketches and some more finished pieces. You will also begin to know how to identify what you are looking for in a drawing, and what moves you about a specific place or landscape. You will have a range of marks to equip you to tackle any garden or foliage, and to see the potential of drawing from memory and drawing from your drawings as a way of developing your practice.

At the end of the course we will have an informal group review of your work with a focus on group discussion and learning from each other.

You need to be able to walk unaided through the countryside, and be able to work outdoors throughout each day in all weathers.

Timetable

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

  • Rags
  • Appropriate clothing for working outdoors (extra warmth for sitting, sunhats for shade if necessary)
  • White chalk pastel
  • Any other materials you really love to work with
  • 4 jam jars with lids for water and ink of varying dilutions

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pencils (softer ones are best) 2B-8B, 1 box of charcoal (range of widths)
  • 1x bottle of Indian ink at least 100ml
  • A2 pad of cartridge paper and a selection of different papers interesting textures and colours
  • Brushes or ink brush pen
  • Rubber – hard rubber is better
  • Scalpel, pencil sharpener, bulldog clips
  • Fixative spray to fix charcoal
  • A plastic folder to carry your drawings/drawing board
  • Masking tape

Tutors

Rosie MacCurrach

Rosie Maccurrach studied at Chelsea College of Art and Royal Drawing School. She has worked as a print designer and artist in fashion, film, illustration, and recently spent a year as Artist in Residence at Great Dixter.

Accommodation

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

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