Slade Summer School: The Expanded Field of Drawing

28 Jul 2014 – 8 Aug 2014

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London, United Kingdom


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Slade Summer School: The Expanded Field of Drawing


This course is designed for students from a wide range of art and design fields (painting, sculpture, drawing, new media, design, architecture, film, etc.) who have experience of drawing within their practice and are interested in experimenting and extending their skills and knowledge. While the course takes it's initial stance through the act and notions of drawing, it also allows artists the opportunity to explore the potentiality of new works and processes within the studio and larger project spaces. The optional extension of the course into three weeks is designed to allow artists the time to fully develop and test their work, and will culminate in a final exhibition. While the course is not designed for beginners, it is suitable for those who wish to challenge their current practice through alternative drawing projects and develop personal work within a generative environment. As a starting point, we will open up the question of what constitutes a drawing and how contemporary drawing functions as its own discipline. By exploring a wide range of approaches to drawing, we will begin to investigate the cognitive act of drawing (drawing as a means of thinking), alternative methods for recording/observing, the use of paper as a physical drawing material, as well as moving beyond and off the page (drawing through and into space/working with time based approaches). Students will experiment with a variety of media and techniques and will be encouraged to work in and out of the studios, as well as have the opportunity to create works within allocated project spaces in the Slade. For the first two weeks, tutors will lead students through group and individual exercises which explore various aspects of drawing, as well as present seminars and lectures dealing with the role of drawing in contemporary art/design/architecture. During this time, students will begin to develop new approaches and techniques and expand their language and definitions of drawing. The optional third week will enable students to develop their own approaches with individual tutorial support. This may either be generated from ideas arising during the first two weeks of the course, or from issues pertinent to students' own established practice, and will ideally be a combination of both. Though not a technical course, students have the opportunity to utilize various tools and technologies (projectors, audio/visual equipment, computers, sculpture tools, etc.) to expand their work into other areas. Throughout the course there will be informal group discus- sions, a day of gallery visits to relevant exhibitions in London, slide talks about the history and current trends in drawing, optional lunchtime talks by visiting artists, and regular critiques to discuss individuals' ideas and methodologies. Those students who choose to enroll for three weeks will present their work at the end of the final week in the form of an exhibition that will be open to the public. The Expanded field of drawing is an advanced course and therefore is best suited for students who already have some experience in drawing. If you would like to attend then please email 5 images (each not more than 1mb) of your work as well as a few sentences on why you would like to take the course to We will let you know the outcome of your application within 7 working days.

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