Learning to trust and relate what you’ve seen in a purely visual way, is a challenge. The brain kicks-in and interrupts the viewing process in an attempt to make sense of everything. We identify, categorise and name – trees, rabbits, flowers, birds, breaking them down into understandable and re-buildable modules. This rational approach to looking not only distorts our first instinctive encounter with the subject, but also how we draw and communicate this subject to others.
On this course, you will learn to re-engage with your primal self by seeing the world visually as our early ancestors must have – by looking at shapes that attract or repel, movements that quicken the heart and encounters that bring us into the present.
Using a series of drawing exercises in the field, you will be encouraged to engage with nature on an instinctive level, to foster sharper looking, more truthful remembering and more honest drawing.
You’ll learn to edit complex imagery and distil the drawn form. You’ll develop methods to help articulate forms more directly, to expand your drawing language and explore ways of incorporating these ideas and forms into new works created in the studio.
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 until 9pm, 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)
Mark Anstee is an artist specializing in drawing. From singular observational silverpoint studies to large-scale durational performance drawings, Anstee has made work for major institutions including Bluecoat Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, Fabrica Brighton, University of Manchester, IMMA Dublin, IFFM Belgium, and at Stonehenge. In 2014 he was the lead artist commissioned by IWM North for the centenary of the First World War.
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