Experimental Drawing (Jan-Mar)

Rachel Cohen

This course invites students to explore a wide range of materials and approaches for drawing. We will work expressively and playfully with different drawing tools/materials including sticks, feathers, wire, rubbers, inks, felt pens, collage, pencils and charcoal. Working from observation we will use different strategies that focus on training the eyes to see in new ways, considering composition, line, tone, proportion, perspective and colour. We will look to artists both current and historic for inspiration. For two sessions we will go out of the studio and draw on location, either indoors or outdoor depending on the weather.

Suitable for all levels including beginners. Please note: this course is suitable for new students as well as those who have completed the autumn term Experimental Drawing course. Rachel will be introducing new exercises and content.

Student comment about the tutor: ‘I’ve really enjoyed your drawing course this term. As a self-taught beginner, I’ve never had chance to explore techniques or other materials or drawing styles, so it’s been great to try out new things with your thoughtful guidance. I’ve really appreciated how much thought and care you put into the sessions, and I can see my own drawing at home has developed and I’m enjoying a wider range of expression in my own sketch pad.’

N.B. No class on 17 February.

Artworks are by previous course attendees.

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

All materials are provided for sessions that take place in the studio. Students will need sketchbooks and some portable drawing materials when we go out and draw on location. Advice will be given on what to buy at the start of the course.

Rachel studied Art History (BA) at Sussex University and Fine Art (PG Dip) at Brighton. She has an MA in museum and gallery education from the Institute of Education, London. She learned printmaking at a private college in Treviso, Italy and at Kensington and Chelsea Institute in London. Rachel works with wide range of techniques and materials. She makes paintings and sculptures, site-specific installations and performances. Recent projects include residencies in Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and Denmark, solo exhibitions at Regency Town House and Newhaven Fort and group shows in Brighton, London and Eastbourne.

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