The course aim is to work predominantly with ink on paper in a fluid, joyous and expressive way. Experiencing how ink behaves (and misbehaves), you will learn to control and encourage the medium to flow through experimentation and practice of various techniques. Starting small, you will learn about the properties of ink and how it reacts on different papers using a range of methods and tools to encourage a variety of effects.
You will proceed to make your own inks using West Dean Charcoal, graphite powder, ash, soot and earth as per our medieval ancestors. You may also gather nature from the grounds and use foraged materials and tools such as twigs, feathers, moss and grass from the West Dean site. You will experiment with the properties of your materials from the land to create interesting marks and earthy colours on a variety of papers.
Working outside, ‘en plein air’, you will respond to the grounds of West Dean College in an expressive way with your hand-made inks. Working outdoors puts yourself at the mercy of the elements so please come along with a waterproof and layers. If the weather is inclement you will make quick sketches outdoors and work on them further in the studio. You will be encouraged to work on different scales from small and gradually increasing to larger works with confidence.
By the end of the course, you will have learnt about the joy of ink, its fluidity and unpredictability that leads to surprising results. You will have learnt how to make your own inks. You will have embraced the elements with ‘plein air’ sketching, how this may affect your work and the experience of working small and on a larger scale.
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)
"Excellent teacher, good company and a breath of normality."Carol, August 2020
Deborah Petch studied locally at Brighton University and University of Chichester. Her masters degree culminated in a series of large scale abstract paintings which all evolved from drawing and printmaking processes. Deborah is primarily concerned with the exploration of being in the world which she expresses through her artwork. She enjoys working outdoors on ancient sites where the weather, sense of place and nuances of the past all influence her work. Deborah has worked with Arts Council England, Pallant House Gallery and University of Chichester. She has exhibited throughout the UK.