Slade Summer School: Experimental Drawing

14 Jul 2014 – 25 Jul 2014

Slade School of Fine Art

London, United Kingdom


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Slade Summer School: Experimental Drawing


This is an advanced level course for students with prior drawing experience who wish to broaden their approach to drawing through a rigorous set of question-based projects. These will be focused on the various drawing strategies one might use to transfer the complexities of our 3 dimensional ‘model' or experience of the world onto a flat surface. This would involve pinpointing different aspects of that experience and finding appropriate languages for describing them. Classically, drawing has to do with ‘stopping' the world, or holding parts of it in check as ‘subjects' so that we can look more closely at them than we do ordinarily. But this is only one aspect of our experience to be drawn. How, for instance, do we express our sense of time, or the three dimensionality of space, in two dimensions? Or, equally, how can we express motion and activity, both ours and of the things around us? In addition, how does memory of the past function as an active part of that experience and how can information from all these sources be integrated to develop a ‘grammar' for drawings. Participants will work from observation and memory to draw a wide range of subjects both in and outside the studio. The course consists of practical sessions, punctuated by seminars, informal discussions and regular critiques.

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