In response to the surrounding landscape of West Dean College, you will be shown how to prepare and make chalk gesso surfaces, both on paper and birch plywood, as well as egg tempera paint and oak gall ink, and will include how to apply metal leaf to embellish if desired. From the outset there will be handouts, demonstrations and conversations about materials and methods of application. This is not a prescriptive course but one that will support the artist. The first two days will consist of making surfaces and materials as well as creating preparatory artwork, both drawings and paintings that will inform final paintings.
Walking out into the landscape in all weathers with sketchbook and camera (phone) is a vital starting point for this course. You will be encouraged and shown how to draw with ink and charcoal and encouraged to take photographs of the landscape at different times of the day at what is an incredible time of year where trees are silhouetted against the sky, hedgerows are brutally cut back, and ploughed fields add to the shape, colour and pattern of winter. There will be short drawing exercises to aid inspiration as well as opportunities for experimentation and exploration. There will be one-to-one tutorial advice about concept and practice as well as informal critiques.
You will be shown how to select and deconstruct your drawings and digital images using the editing tools on your phone or tablet, as well as with a traditional viewfinder. With a mindful eye on shape, line and tone, you will make strong compositions for preparatory paintings prior to selecting and committing to painting onto the surfaces already prepared. Through careful planning and conversation, the aim for the final paintings will be for you to develop your practice, learn new skills and have a better understanding as to how your embodied experience of the landscape can be translated through drawing and painting onto a surface.
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 until 9pm, 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 explores landscape and place through painting, she is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds Arts and Humanities Institute (LAHRI). She has exhibited widely and has work in both private and public collections.
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