Developing pattern recognition is to view the world with heightened awareness. This course will enable you to generate new and inspiring connections, re-activating your creative senses. When you combine this universal language with the drama of Black and White, you can create work with visually arresting impact.
On this course you will discover pattern in a wide variety of forms, giving you a broad approach to perceiving, interpreting and re-creating it in inventive ways. You will explore incidental and purposeful patterns in nature, classical repetition in architecture, contemporary and traditional tribal uniform in fabric design, spontaneous invention in personal geometry and strong spatial arrangements in the world all around us.
You will be applying different techniques and tools through drawing, painting, frottage, transfer and printmaking. There will be an emphasis on sourcing and developing your own ideas, both in the studio and in the College grounds. Your tutor will provide visual references to guide each project, alongside examples of her own original artwork and sketchbooks.
By the end of the course you will have developed a keen eye for the rich diversity of pattern forms all around you, leading you to fresh inspiration and a new way of judging and shaping your 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 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)
Teaching at West Dean since 2005, Maxine works across drawing, painting, printmaking, bookmaking and mixed media. Exhibits widely, runs a 3-floor gallery of her work in Gloucestershire, included in public and private collections around the world. Trained in London at Camberwell and the Slade. An elected member of the Royal West of England Academy.
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