Meanings and marks with Freya Pocklington

Ref: SWE10327


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About this course

Discover how to develop themes and meanings in your drawings to add to the aesthetic of your work, and explore your subject matter in more depth.

Course Description

You will learn how to put narratives, abstract images, signs and symbols into your drawings, and to create multi-layered meanings within the work. By working with the subject and new processes, you will be able to begin work more easily and get past the tricky problem of starting a piece.

Drawing exercises will encourage you to think more laterally about image making, and about what you want to communicate through drawing, and find innovative ways of drawing. Exercises themselves can also be part of the drawing process to help you explore themes.

The house and gardens will be used within the course alongside a still-life set up in the room. You will be supported with group critiques and individual tutorials.

On completing the course you will have increased confidence in drawing, will be able to communicate deeper messages and meanings within your work, and be able to choose the correct materials and colours for the messages you want to put across in your pieces.


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


  • Cartridge paper, HB pencil, thick and thin watercolour brush, black fine pen, rubber, black compressed charcoal, glue stick, inks in red, yellow and blue. Black ink and oil pastels to share.

What students need to bring

  • Scissors
  • Any drawing materials you normally use
  • A small collection of objects all relating to one another that mean something to you i.e. a collection family photos/ hair/ small stones etc.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of drawing materials and papers.


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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