Creative ink drawing with Freya Pocklington

Ref: SWE09858


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About this course

Using West Dean College and Gardens as inspiration, explore the exciting possibilities of drawing with ink. Work on a variety of papers and experiment with different techniques.

Course Description

Using the College as a source of inspiration we will be exploring a variety of experimental drawing techniques using ink in new and exciting ways. You will make a sketchbook from different papers then experiment with space, drawing materials and time to create a selection of ideas for a final piece. The course takes you on a journey starting with developing ideas to producing a finished piece using the different drawing techniques which ink can achieve.

The course will begin with short exercises after which you will make a sketchbook/artist book. You will be taught how to develop a range of techniques and how to create atmosphere, depth and tone. You will also learn traditional techniques alongside more innovative methods.

By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in a range of drawing techniques and be able to use different materials together. You will have produced a large body of work consisting of short experiments and a beautiful book.


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


  • Some charcoal, rubbers and A2 paper shared amongst the group for the first evening session.

What students need to bring

  • A range of collage material including textured or patterned paper or wallpaper etc.
  • Watercolours, pastels in different colours and any other materials you might like to use with inks.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 10 sheets of A1 white cartridge paper
  • Fine black ink pen (waterproof)
  • Winsor and Newton inks (black, yellow, green, blue, brown and red)
  • Conte Carre crayon HB black hard pastel
  • White hard pastel (not chalk)
  • A range of brushes (one for small detail and a few larger ones for washes)
  • Compressed charcoal and a rubber


Freya Pocklington

DACC Core Team Tutor and Short Course Tutor

Freya trained at Edinburgh College of Art and UAL. She has received residencies from The Royal Scottish Academy, Scottish Arts Council, The Florence Trust, Somerset House, West Dean College and The National Trust. She exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad. Freya is currently undertaking a PhD at the Royal College of Art, examining the role of fine art portraiture within narrative medicine.


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

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