Experimental Drawing

Rachel Cohen
£220

This course invites students to explore a wide range of materials and approaches for drawing. You will work expressively and playfully with different drawing tools including sticks, feathers, wire, rubbers, inks, felt pens, collage, pencils and charcoal. Working from observation you will use different strategies that focus on training the eyes to see in new ways, considering composition, line, tone, proportion, perspective and colour. You will look at 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.

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.

Student comment about the tutor: “It’s a wonderful class, it has inspired me to start doing my art work at home again. Rachel is an inspiring teacher. We’ve explored so many different techniques, some new to me. I like it that it can be challenging (in a positive way) and that Rachel introduces artists to illustrate the sessions.  She also encourages the students to look at each other’s work and to discuss our approaches and feelings. I look forward to being in the studio!”

N.B. No class 16 February

Artworks are by previous course attendees.

Red Room, Phoenix Art Space

Most materials will be provided, the tutor will inform students at the first session what additional materials will be needed.

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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