Approaching Architecture - Chatsworth 3 day workshop
(TUTOR: Mark Thompson)
14th - 16th September and repeated on 12-14th October (ONLY 10 PLACES)
Architectural forms are arguably the solid manifestation of our nobler instincts. They are where we shelter and live, do business, and how we secure our most valuable objects. Decoding these built spaces, places we have imbued with human scale and meaning, enables an understanding of both our inner and outer worlds. From the renaissance treasure of perspective to Van Gogh’s intimate bedroom; these things speak to us in different ways, yet the principle is the same - understanding the arena in which we play out our lives.
During the course we will approach architecture through the lens of art history and become familiar with the tools of drawing. Mark will guide you through the basics of perspective and surface before we tackle the real world spaces of the nearby Chatsworth House.
Morning - We will gather early at Bullclough Art School to intensively refresh our drawing skills and try out various tools.
Afternoon - After lunch we will explore the principles of perspective and the differences between what we think we see and what we actually see. We will discuss both working from life and from photographic references.
Morning - We will meet, bright and early, at the spectacular Chatsworth House. After exploring the interior and exterior spaces, we will begin making studies, and select our individual places for a more in depth set of drawings.
Afternoon - the hard work begins! we will begin a personal study, over one or several drawings, to further our understanding of the architectural forms around us.
Morning - after a hearty Breakfast we will meet together to look at our works in progress. By interacting with each other’s drawings, we gain a greater understandingly of our own.
Afternoon - we will continue to develop our drawings until late afternoon, at which point we will congregate for coffee and cake, to go through what we’ve created. We will discuss how to carry this practice and experience into our future work and chosen medium.
All journeys in the lifelong practice of drawing are different, and Mark will be on hand to guide you individually throughout this fun and challenging course.