Embodied drawing with Rose Robson


Ref: SWE11806

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About this course

A gestural drawing course embracing drawing on a large scale. Expand your drawing practice and involve your body using drawing restraints and body extensions to push the limits of an average drawing.

Course Description

You will be encouraged to work intuitively, experimenting with scale and mark-making. This will be an exciting course that will inspire new ideas and ways of looking at the world. Inspired by Bauhaus teaching methods, you will be encouraged to practice daily warm-ups and stretches before you draw.

The aim of the course is to introduce you to an alternative approach to drawing by using different techniques including your body, and to create a safe non-judgemental space for you to step out of your comfort zone, experiment and make exciting work.

You will learn how to work intuitively, embracing drawing on a large scale.

During day one you will practise simple freehand line exercises, automatic drawing and mark-making. Focusing on your senses, you will make a series of fast studies based on your surroundings. You will experiment with scale. Through drawing, you will discover that lines and shapes form relationships, establish rhythms and tensions.

On day two you will make drawing machines, body extensions and drawing restraints using found objects, tools and drawing implements. Wearing the extensions, you will learn how to move your body specifically and with purpose to make marks – challenging the notion of art making. By restricting movement or adding weight to your body, the gestures of the mark will change.

You will draw the life model using drawing machines.

The main focus of the course is about experimentation. You will leave feeling inspired and will be able to confidently practise the drawing techniques learned at home. You will gain a better understanding of what drawing could look like and different ways that you can use your body in your artwork.

Artist References: Rebecca Horn, Matthew Barney, Julie Mehretu, Henri Matisse.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the College will provide the model for one morning of the course, some materials including a full Fabriano 200gsm 10 metre roll of paper each, 2 x A1 220gsm cartridge paper, 1 x A4 black and 1 x A4 white sugar paper, a box of mixed size charcoal and some black Indian ink to get you started.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook, notebook.
  • Camera or camera phone
  • Scissors, gaffer tape.
  • Rags, old clothes, towels, household tools to make drawing machines with eg brushes, scrapers, broom, mop, sticks and twigs.
  • Any items you may already have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbooks, notebooks and, various papers.
  • Metal ruler, rubber, scissors, Pritt stick, masking tape, an assortment of pencils, black fine liner pens, Posca pens, a selection of paint brushes of different sizes. A box of charcoal of mixed sizes. Black Indian ink and red ink. Black and white acrylic paint for editing and a needle and thread.
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Rose Robson

Rose Robson is an artist who draws and makes swarm-like sculptures out of a range of taxidermy bird skins. The sculptures have a consistent otherness to them placing them beyond our experiences of everyday life. Featured in The Independent, AnOther Magazine and SHOWstudio Rose's unconventional taxidermy has gained significant notice since graduating in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2012. 


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

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