This course will encourage you to foster a creative playfulness of 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 the tutor will show examples of his work as well as other cultural ideologies around our place in the world, being present and connected with nature. You will consider 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. You will consider whether the work is animated by the environment through wind or water flow, or whether it is animated by time, either in creation or destruction. You will consider if the document is of how the work develops, (e.g. time-lapse) or if it is 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 and using only what is present to make your work. This will help enhance the possibilities available. You will gather regularly as a group to review work in progress over the duration of the course.
There will be a group discussion on the first evening to hear about your motivation and experience. The tutor will also share his 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 during the course.
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)
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.