Using Suntrap garden and the figure as inspiration this class will examine a range of contemporary approaches to drawing. A range of materials will be used to generate images which will explore an extensive vocabulary of visual language. Drawing will be used as a device to access ideas and explore chance and embrace the unpredictable. The class will be studio and location based and no previous drawing experience is required. Some materials will be provided.
Saturday + Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm
February 24th and 25th 2018
£150 (Contact Robert Gillan - see details on Book a Course)
Drawing Workshop led by Fraser Taylor August 2017
A two day workshop utilising the objects and plants contained in the large garden surrounding Suntrap Studio to create images and a body of work which will motivate discussion and the exchange of ideas. Participants were encouraged to experiment, explore and to develop work that is personal and relevant.
There was an emphasis and insistence on mark- making and drawing ( not necessarily representational) prompted by observation. To have too clearly conceived an idea at the start of a work can result in the effort being stale and contrived. Participants were encouraged to look for a likeness wishing an unlikeness and embrace a range of visual language.
The goal was to let ideas run free, use materials pure and crude, and produce images that surprise and resonate both visually and conceptually.
The group investigated traditional drawing techniques in union with alternative strategies. Varying methods of mark-making provided vocabulary and generated vibrant and exciting material for collage which was used to expand the potential of the work.
Graphic Design Drawing Workshop. Edinburgh College of Art January 2018
Fourth Year Graphic Design students who normally work digitally were introduced to a wide variety of drawing and mark-making techniques. The group first worked individually, producing a range of drawings from objects which they had chosen in relation to their personal project brief.
In the afternoon, the students utilised mono print, experimenting with linear drawings, collage and texture. They then worked in groups to create large-scale collages from their initial drawings, mono prints and textures.
Letty Houldsworth, one of the students taking part, said:
“This workshop made me realise where my skills lie again. Often when using a computer you neglect your real talents. I found it really liberating as it opened up a much more playful area of my mind, thinking less about the outcome and more about the process.”
Other comments included:
“It was great to get off our laptops and make by doing. Bringing in items that related to our brief got me thinking about the project from a different angle.”
“The workshop really loosened us up and made us approach the design process in a different way.”
“Fast paced, productive, and pushed our creativity away from our normal practice! It gave me a fresh perspective on the worries of fourth year – it was great to do something different.”
Robert said: My intention was to encourage the students to look, see and record personal images through a range of mark making and drawing techniques. Hopefully their future design concepts will be enhanced by approaching projects from a different starting point i.e. strong drawing / mark making supported by personal research and not over reliance on computer aided design.
Drawing Weekend 24/25 February 2018
The focus of this two day workshop was to examine the natural world in relation to the man made. Suntrap Studio has a rich terrain of plant and animal life set in grounds which feature stunning geometric greenhouse structures and outhouses. Formally and materially ideas were explored using opposites. For example black and white, hard and soft, thick and thin, organic and synthetic, dense and sparse. The participants also experimented with colour using the location as source.