With the illustrious history of cartooning as a starting point, you are taught to draw, distort anatomy, capture facial expressions and express ideas using pencil, ink, felt pens and watercolour.
The aims of this course are to introduce you to the theory and practical practise of cartooning. Emphasis is on distinguishing between the different categories - i.e. satirical observation, illustration, word dependant images. Also developing and refining thought processes to achieve maximum effect.
You should achieve a basic grounding in anatomical expression and technical skills - e.g. drawing methods and choice of materials, using pen, ink, pencil and brush. (An emphasis on the use of shading.) You also develop and apply your lateral thinking ability.
There will be demonstrations and discussions and examination of the potential of ideas.
You will be set exercises to draw in the style of the great cartoonists in order to appreciate and become aware of cartooning's historical development. There will be a natural balance between group and individual tuition.
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)
"There is no denying that West Dean is a beautiful place to visit and is extremely well run but the whole experience is enhanced when you find a tutor as good as John T Freeman. He is an enormously talented teacher with a wonderful dry humour. It was a pleasure to be in his class."
John T. Freeman was born in London 1958 and trained at Bath Academy of Art ( Corsham ) and Chelsea School of Art . He has taught since 1985 as a freelance tutor and lecturer to all levels of ability across a wide spectrum including the computer games industry , Lion Head and Media Molecule , Hurtwood House School, Watts Gallery, Tate Britain, and the Prince of Wales Drawing School.