Modelling, casting and other techniques

Land art using natural materials with Dan Lobb

Ref: SWE09906

Suitable for all

£260.00
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About this course


Using found natural materials create an ephemeral work, which may be animated by the environment, wind, water flow or by time, either in its creation or destruction. Only the documenting photograph or video remains, while the works will fade back into the landscape.

Course Description

The course will encourage you and foster a creative playfulness working in the landscape whilst also considering a conceptual approach using materials and making work. Initially a discussion and presentation will set the scene and you will be shown examples of Dan’s work alongside other cultural ideologies around our place in the world, being present and connected with nature. You will be considering the opportunities for creativity that are abundant in the Gardens at the College using found natural materials to create ephemeral work, and working quietly with the space.

Documentation, either through photography or video/sound will be a key component of the sessions. A camera/tablet/phone will be required to individually document the work you create. Consideration of climatic conditions; sun, shade, rain, wind and so on will be discussed. Is the work animated by the environment through wind or water flow, or is the work animated by time either in creation or destruction? You will also consider if the document is of how the work develops, (e.g. time-lapse) or the finished piece? It will only be the document that is left, the materials will fade back into the landscape from whence they came.

You will be involved in discussions about a conceptual approach along with the more practical considerations of joining techniques, thorn staples, weaving, anchoring, using only what is present to make your work will help enhance the possibilities available. You will gather regularly as a group to review work in progress over the course.

There will be a group discussion on the first evening to hear about your motivation and experience. The tutor will also share experience and examples of working with ephemeral materials.

You will be working independently and need to be self motivated, with regular one-to-one tutorial support provided over the duration of the course.

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

  • A camera or tablet/phone to photograph or record video/sound will be essential. Outdoor clothing, there will be a lot of time spent on the ground, kneeling, sitting, considering the weather, sun, wind, rain protection. Any craft knives, secateurs may be useful.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • General art and craft materials should you need any. Notepads and pencils.

Tutors

Dan Lobb

Dan studied Fine Art Sculpture at Winchester School of Art, and has an MA in Garden Design and Landscape Architecture. He was featured on the BBC's Gardeners World. He has been teaching for 18 years, primarily at the Arts University in Bournemouth. An RHS show garden judge and member of the Society of Garden Designers.

Accommodation

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

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