Contemporary Drawing Workshop
This intensive week-long course will introduce you to ideas about what drawing is today. How can we use drawing to express ideas about ourselves; what it is to be us, to inhabit a body, to carry out physical actions, to navigate the urban spaces we move through? How widely can we interpret concepts of what drawing is in the 21st Century.
We will be exploring these questions in a wide, fast-paced programme, introducing topics including drawing as action and as performance, collaboration, ephemeral drawing and how to capture it, drawing in three dimensions, in urban spaces, and as a response to a specific place.
Over the week you will be introduced to contemporary artists whose work has examined these questions, in order to help you create a rich body of work of your own, building up an exciting a diverse portfolio in a variety of media and languages.
- Drawing in relation to gesture, the body and in collaboration
- Drawing to track and record movement.
- Drawing to capture memory.
- Drawing in 3D
- Drawing in film
- Site Specific drawing.
- Relationships between drawing and performance.
- Ephemeral drawing
- How to record your work
A knowledge of some of the key developments in contemporary drawing practice, tied to an ability to build on and extend some of these concepts in your own practice.
A working knowledge of a wide range of drawing processes and practices, and a body of works, creating an exciting a diverse portfolio of drawings.
Some pre-existing experience of drawing will be useful but is not essential; the key requirement is a preparedness to experiment, to question and discuss assumptions about what drawing is, and a willingness to experiment, take risks, and collaborate.
Level: All Levels
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Sarah Sparkes is an artist and independent curator whose practice explores the immaterial and how this may be visualised. Since 2008 she has run the curatorial research project GHost. She has organised numerous collaborative and solo projects, working with both U.K. and international artists and realising ambitious events and exhibitions in both public and private spaces - including the London Art Fair and Folkestone Triennial. She holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts and between 2009 - 2011 was a Research Fellow at the University of London. As well as leading and curating a number of visual arts projects, she frequently exhibits her own work which encompasses installation, painting, performance and film. She was the 2015 the winner of the MERU Art*Science Award, recently had a solo exhibition with New Art Projects. A qualified HE Lecturer, she has taught within both academic and non-academic environments and is currently lecturing in Fine Art and Independent Curating at a number of London institutions including Tate Modern and University of the Arts. She lectures and has published widely on her own practice and curatorial projects. www.ghosthostings.co.uk
Gavin Maughfling is an artist and film maker. He trained at the Ruskin School of Art in the University of Oxford, and has a Masters in Fine Art from the University of East London. He has exhibited internationally. Recent projects include a short film, paintings and text for the Over Time project at the University of Greenwich and National Maritime Museum, London, a series of paintings shown in 'Unnatural Histories', Chatham, a film with Min-Wei Ting for 'In the Open' at Sheffield Institute for the Arts, and 'Muhamed Sankari', a multi-image projection in Walthamstow, London. In 2018 he was selected for the Emerald Art Prize exhibition 'Beyond the Binaries' at the House of St. Barnabas, London and Quay Arts, Newport. Gavin is the co-founder with Suzanne de Emmony of DEM Projects, the artist-lead curatorial project, with major group exhibitions on themes of communication and collaboration at Objectifs Centre for Film and Photography in Singapore, and the Bermondsey Project Space and Art Lacuna in London. DEM are currently working on a project looking at collage as a site for revisiting histories.
Please bring the following with you to the first session:
- Sketch books
- Pencils, ink and ink pen
- A large container of drawing ink and a dip pen
- Masking tape
- Smart phone or camera to document work.
Collection of more unusual objects to draw with such as:
- Old toothbrush, twigs, feathers.