Intuitive drawing with Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Ref: SWE10240

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About this course

Develop confidence drawing intuitively using automatic drawing techniques and experimental processes. Create drawings working with the dynamics of the imagination and learn playful and practical approaches.

Course Description

Enjoy the freedom to explore your intuition and imagination through drawing. During guided and independent studio sessions, you will experiment with drawing processes, including automatism and automatic drawing techniques.

Led by an inspirational tutor, you will create drawings working from the dynamics of your imagination. The approaches you learn to drawing will be both playful and practical. The tutor will demonstrate drawing techniques, and provide you with exercises and one-to-one support to help you further explore your own intuitive mark-making.

Day one

Techniques demonstration and practical guided session:

- Ideas and Inspiration.

- Generating ideas through automatic drawing technique.

- Using playful approaches to gain ideas from Dada Exquisite Corpse drawings.

- Collaborative drawing to challenge authorship and ownership of artwork.

- Sensory drawing approaches.

- Collage and cut-up techniques where randomness and happy accidents are embraced.

- Drawing technique using wet-in-wet, continuous line drawing, gestural mark-making and intricate line.

You will use acrylics, inks and mixed media.

There will be discussion and encouragement of your ideas with tutor feedback.

Day two

Techniques demonstration and practical guided session:

- Inkwash, working with nature, followed by independent study with tutor feedback.

- You will be encouraged to explore your ideas generated from the sessions on day one, to follow your own unexpected lines of enquiry, and to experiment with paint and drawing mediums.

By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in working with your intuition, developed approaches to drawing with a range of materials, and specific techniques to apply to 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.

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 paper for the first evening session shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any of the items below if you have them.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A range of willow charcoal in different sizes
  • Compressed charcoal
  • A range of pencils, graphite sticks and a putty rubber
  • A1 Paper – white cartridge and black
  • Black Indian ink, masking tape, coloured chalk pastels
  • Acrylic paints
  • A range of brushes
  • Card
  • Pritt-stick glue

"Expert tuition in spacious studio space."

Jane, August 2020


Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, aka The Baron Gilvan, is a painter, performer and animator.
Graduating from Central St Martins he won the Royal Overseas League bursary to paint in India and Nepal. He designed the BBC Proms logos for two seasons, has exhibited extensively and performed at the Jerwood Gallery Hastings. Chris also trained at Kracow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, and University of Brighton. He has taught over 20 years from Foundation to Degree level. Chris is a member of Central Illustration Agency and has illustrated 20 children's books, including 'Becoming Me', Frances Lincoln Publishing.


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