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Contemporary Drawing Workshop Weekend

Contemporary Drawing Workshop Weekend

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Sarah Sparkes, Gavin Maughfling


This course will take you on a journey to drawing’s furthest and wilder shores, taking in the use of contemporary media and languages including action drawing, performance and site specific interventions. This course will enable you to explore the act of drawing, questioning what is drawing and what are its origins.

You will explore how drawing relates to our bodies and their physical actions, the spaces they inhabit, our intentions and desires, and investigate the possibilities and limitations drawing has to express these desires.

Over the weekend you will be introduced to a new approach to drawing and make your own work in response to this, building up an exciting a diverse portfolio of drawings in a variety of media.

Topics covered

  • Drawing in relation to gesture, the body, collaboration and constraint.
  • Drawing to track and record movement.
  • Drawing to record memory.
  • Drawing in 3D and in moving image.
  • Drawing in the Site Specific.
  • Relationships between drawing and performance.


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 works to build up an exciting a diverse portfolio of drawings.

Entry requirements

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

Tutor Description

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.

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
  • Eraser
  • Smart phone or camera to document work.

Collection of more unusual objects to draw with such as:

  • Old toothbrush, twigs, feathers.

Available dates