Building Up the Surface - From Sketchbook to Finished Piece
Thursday 8th August 2024 for 2 days — Cost: £120
Tutor: Polly Woolstone
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Using the same techniques as the concertina sketchbook day, you will use previous sketches to develop a finished piece (or two), looking at composition, colour, tone and line. The finished pieces can be in a textile or painted form.
We will look at how to select and move towards abstraction through collage, mark-making building up the surface and taking away.
Artists to look at:
David Tress, John Piper and Karen Stamper.
You will need to have some previously done sketches around a theme. Eg from a location such as a landscape or townscape close to you or where you have visited, a garden, seascapes, etc.
You will be working from a subject of your choice and will need to have a body of research. This should be in the form of Your own sketches and photographs. Ideally you will have been working in a sketchbook gathering information through drawing, mark-making etc. you should look at details and closeups as well as wider horizons
- Landscape / seascapes, beaches and cliffs, stone walls
- Townscapes and buildings – arches, doorways, windows, rooftops
- Allotments and gardens
- Harbours / rivers and boats
If possible collect:
- A bag of collage paper – old magazines, not pictures, but big areas of colour or large lettering
- Things to take rubbings from ie corrugated card, textured wall paper
- Anything for mark-making such as small twigs, cocktail sticks
- If you have a Gelli Plate, please bring
In addition you will need;
- Panel, board, fabric or heavy duty paper (such as Fabiano) to work onto (I will have some paper available to purchase)
- Drawing board, if possible adjustable tabletop or free standing easel
- Plastic sheeting/ bin bag to cover the tables
- Apron or old shirt and latex gloves, if you want to keep your hands clean
- J-Cloths, paper towels, wipes etc.
- Scissors for paper / fabric
- Range of brushes / water pot / palette
- Drawing equipment – graphite pencil, felt pens (water soluble or permanent), rubber
- Spray bottle (if you have one)
- Crayons, wax crayons or craypas
- Black ink (Indian/Quink)
- Masking tape
- Any inks or dyes (I like Koh-in-Noir but try to get the dyes rather than the watercolours)
- Any acrylic paints that you already have
- Assortment of sponges, brushes
Don’t go to any expense as I will also bring some of the above to fill in the gaps.
£5 per person