This short intense course with Laurie Steen will use the Winter Landscape as our subject and the catalyst to explore a variety of monochromatic mediums. The course will also focus on how we find and translate inspirations in the shapes and landscape around us. We will aim to work quickly exploring a variety of line and mark making media while focusing on the natural series of changes that come with pushing the boundaries of our own drawing methods.
Thus leading us to discuss and work through how each of us become inspired and how we translate our inspirations from life as well as many multidisciplinary art forms into our own working processes. Our aim is to not only push our own artistic boundaries but to also inspire and challenge each other, and to have at the end a clear idea about the way in which we work and how to access that which inspires. With much focus on honing and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability.
I would love for these few days to be a platform for ideas to germinate and grow. How do we best use that which inspires us and what is it that truly moves each of us to make work. We will also talk about different ways of working, and compare a variety of different styles of drawing, whilst working around a roaring studio fire. There will be an informal critique at the beginning and end of the course.
All artists are urged to bring some previous work, as well as mediums and books for discussion, and contemplation. We all have specific methods and tools to the way we work and sometimes it is just figuring out how to use them! So before coming perhaps ask yourself what is the one tool that feeds your creativity and is essential to your creative process. If you aren’t sure then we will work to figure it out.
This course will focus specifically on drawing but can be used in to push your drawing ability within other artistic practices. There will be a wireless printer to hook up to if composing with the camera.
MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS COURSE
Please bring these items with you, or purchase at our online shop by clicking the links below & purchased items will be at Coombe for you when you arrive for your course.
Please also bring with you a selection of any and all drawings mediums as this course encourages experimenting and using multi mediums.
Essential items should include:
A 9B woodless pencil as well as a selection of graphite pencils, a Kneadable Eraser (I find that Cretacolor are the best), Sanding board is useful or sandpaper, Willow or scenic charcoal, (we will also have these at the studio), Chunky, A5 sketchbook, a wire bound Sketchbook for multi media, preferably A3 or A4, in thick grade paper or water colour paper. (approx. min. 300gm.+) check out: Artway or Jacksons Pad or wire bound Sketchbook for dry media, preferably size A3 or A2 in a good quality and smooth grade paper, or larger sheets of misc. good quality paper that you like to use. Try a smooth printmaking paper by Sommerset or Stonehenge for a smooth surface which absorbs charcoal beautifully. Both available at Jacksons. For a broad selection of smooth cartridge papers at different weights and affordable prices check out Atlantis Art, Photographic printing paper if using the printer. NB I will have at the studio a selection of papers for testing.