Teaching Schedule

Drawing On: Lines in a Landscape 2017
@ the RWA drawing school
24 Apr 17 (course now full)

http://www.rwa.org.uk/whats-on/drawing-lines-landscape-2017

The Nature of Drawing

May 21 @ 5:00 pm – May 26 @ 2:00 pm, 2016

Coombe Farm Studios,
Dittisham,  Devon TQ6 0JA United Kingdom

Lose your inhibition to draw through large movement and shadow drawing, emotive sketching, collage and experimental mark making within nature. Learn about the basic principles of sketching, and how to simple begin.  “I love teaching this course,,, we make a mess, push each other’s artistic boundaries, and everyone is very prolific!”  

Also, throughout this years course, we will be learning how to further develop landscape drawing skills in a sketchbook, using basic principles to help develop each persons contemporary drawing practice!

IMG_4746This drawing course is designed to enable you to loose your inhibition to draw through large movement and shadow drawing, emotive sketching, and experimental mark making within nature.  Our objective is to draw without inhibition; while focusing on finding and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability, through the discussion and testing of a variety of drawing mediums and surfaces. This course is suited to all levels and abilities of artists.

The act of drawing while moving and shadow drawing positive and negative shapes, allows us to loosen up and explore the concept of Edges, Space and Shapes, in a way that doesn’t continually reference our stored symbolic concepts of a subject. Sometimes learning to draw is about knowing that your only job is to record information and shadow drawing allows us to do this brilliantly. Also sometimes our hands have yet to find the perfect drawing mediums that enable us to draw with confidence and intent! We will set out to explore and develop our drawing language all of which is aimed at exploring the way in which we draw, while losing our inhibitions to push our drawing processes.

When we talk about finding our own drawing language it can involve many things such as selecting the right materials, deciding on the best type of marks to make and choosing the right drawing discipline for us. The fun lies in the exploration of working with both wet and dry drawing techniques to find the most naturally suited drawing medium for you. By navigating our way through a series of exercises involving shadow drawing, contour and analytical drawing, experimental mark making, and emotive sketching we might be able to further clarify what drawing means to each of us.

We will also aim to use the natural environment, not only as our subject, but also as a resource for some of the tools and mediums we use to draw. Much of which will be in response to our chosen surroundings and conditions on the day. All of which looks at the very nature of how we draw.

The Nature of Drawing with Laurie Steen

 

SKETCHING THE GARDENS OF KILVER COURT, (Friday, 16 September, 2016) 10:30 – 4:30
Through the Bristol Drawing School

 

Students will meet at Kilver Court Gardens, near Shepton Mallet, with its beautiful grounds and magnificent nineteenth century viaduct. The day will be spent sketching the scenic landscape and individual elements within it.

Students will meet at Kilver Court Gardens, near Shepton Mallet, with its beautiful grounds and magnificent nineteenth century viaduct. The day will be spent sketching the scenic landscape and individual elements within it.

The tutor will guide students in how to create sketches which evoke the gardens, drawn actively and loosely. We will warm-up with drawing exercises, such as catching shadows, contour drawing, experimental mark-making and emotive sketching, as we draw the gardens by studying and looking at the unique landscape and landforms that might in themselves inspire a specific way of drawing. We will aim to create works which celebrate the energy and spontaneity of our working processes.

Students will be required to transport themselves to Kilver Court Gardens and back. Please note there is free onsite parking at Kilver Court.

http://www.kilvercourt.com/secret-gardens

http://drawingschool.org.uk/workshops/SketchingtheSecretGardensofKilverCourtAut2016

 

The Nature of Drawing with Laurie Steen

May 22 @ 5:00 pm – May 27 @ 2:00 pm, 2016

Coombe Farm Studios,

Dittisham,  Devon TQ6 0JA United Kingdom

Lose your inhibition to draw through large movement and shadow drawing, emotive sketching, and experimental mark making within nature. Learn about the basic principles of sketching, and how to simple begin.  “I love teaching this course,,, we make a mess, push each other’s artistic boundaries, and everyone is very prolific!” 

 

Imagined Landscape
Through the Bristol Drawing School,
Saturday June, 11, 2016

On the very last day of the Imagined Landscape exhibition, join RWA Academician Laurie Steen for a workshop aimed at developing landscape drawing skills, whilst also exploring ways of capturing the sense of a place and the fleeting memories contained within it. As well as including free entry to the exhibition to gather inspiration, part of the workshop will take place offsite at Brandon Hill, using the scenic vistas, trees within the landscape, and the terraced garden at the base of the tower as the subject for emotive sketches. Students will be guided through drawing exercises such as catching shadows, contour drawing, and experimental mark-making, before returning to the studio to work up drawings through the repeated process of drawing, layering, displacing, removing and adding a medium. Please bring a sketchbook, and any favourite drawing implements, although there will be an opportunity to explore a range of mediums in the studio. Please be aware that there will be a short walk to the location.

http://www.drawingschool.org.uk/workshops/ImaginedLandscapeSummer16

 

Drawing, discussing the process in each of us

November 10 @ 5:00 pm – November 13 @ 2:00 pm. 2016
Coombe Farm Studios
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Dittisham,  Devon TQ6 0JA United Kingdom
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.http://www.coombefarmstudios.com/course/drawing-discussing-the-process-in-each-of-us/