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Drawing with Laurie Steen

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About the Course

Let your drawing medium guide your creativity…our objective for the week will be to draw without inhibition; with conviction, and to push the boundaries of our own practice; leaving the course with an idea of how to begin. By using the power of play, we will focus on finding and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability.

Through discussion, testing and play, with a variety of drawing mediums (ink, charcoal, graphite..) and surfaces, and using both wet and dry drawing techniques, we will experiment. By working to find the most naturally suited drawing medium for you, and by fully exploring drawing mediums that inspire each of us, you will be better able to explore context and scale in your work.

In order to fully understand the the basic skills of drawing, we will look at our awareness of drawing through the senses. We can begin this by learning the The perceptual skills of drawing; including the Perception of Edges, Space, Relationships, Light, & Shadow and the Whole of any given subject. In order to have a more intuitive understanding and insight into our physiological processes, we will better be able to acknowledge and interpret external stimulus and respond to the mediums we use. Much of the inspiration for this will come from our natural environment and discussing positive and negative shapes within our work, and by looking to landscape and sharing ideas on how we would respond to specific subjects and forms in nature as we come across them.

By working through a series of exercises such as movement and shadow drawing, emotive sketching, blind drawing and experimental mark making within nature; taking risks in your drawing practice, becomes easier. All of this ultimately helps to formulate a plan of approach in ones own practice… How to work through your intent, goals, discovery, concepts, development and ultimately the implementation of our your work!

All artists are urged to bring a few pieces of work as well as any favourite drawing implements, mediums and tools for discussion, contemplation and work, as there will be informal individual critiques throughout the course.

There will also be an opportunity to explore a range of mediums in the studio.

I have been drawing shadows in my garden since I was a teenager. I think this was perhaps the beginning of my need to make. Looking back it was about capturing the fleeting nature of trees, positive and negative shapes and forms in the landscape. I believe it helped me understand the need to focus less on the recognition of an image and allow the energy and spontaneity of process to become celebrated. It is the environment in which I live that continues to be my constant source of inspiration.
'LaurieSteen has a singular vision. She describes her work, as ‘very experiential’. Everything that feeds into her work is the result of direct experience, something observed whilst on a walk or when driving, or just being.' Extract from an article by Fiona Robinson: More information on Laurie Steen RWA.

Materials list: what to bring with you

Art materials: Please bring with you a selection of any and all drawings mediums as this course encourages experimenting and using multi mediums. These should at least include the following:

• A woodless pencil, 8b, or 9b,
• A selection of graphite pencils,
• 1 or 2 kneadable Erasers (I find that Cretacolor are the best)
• Sanding board is useful or sandpaper
• Thin sticks of willow charcoal, (we will also have these at the studio)
• Conte (black, white and any colour)
• Chunky black charcoal (Cretacolor at Great art) and/or condensed charcoal
• Any wet drawing tools including, favourite water soluble brushes.
• Wirobound Sketchbook for multi media, preferably A4, in thick grade paper or watercolour paper. (approx. min. 200gm.+)
• Paper Pad or Wirobound Sketchbook for dry media, preferably size A3 or A2 in a good quality and smooth grade paper
• Some larger sheets of misc. good quality paper i.e. a smooth printmaking paper or heavyweight drawing paper which absorbs charcoal beautiful see Atlantis Art for a broad selection of smooth cartridge papers. Also good value are Two Rivers Paper.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tuition, accommodation from Sunday through to Thursday (course finishes at lunchtime on the Friday) and all meals. Some materials but you are also requested to bring the materials as listed in the description page.


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