Observation, experimental drawing and self-discovery.
Visual art is always about the act of looking, and what you are able to see reveals an aspect of yourself, no matter what the apparent subject matter. There are many ways of looking and this short course is about experimenting with the act of observation and self-recognition, explored through the act of drawing. This intensive workshop will help you to explore looking and seeing by means of drawing on location in the Burren and in the college studios. Rather than setting out to make pictures of what we see, we will explore different ways of looking – the gaze; the glance; the glimpse; the scrutinising stare; and others. We will also experiment with mark making ranging from wild scribble to measured marks to performative gesture.
Our subject matter will include the land and its weather; the human figure at rest and in motion; interior spaces; found objects; the fall of light; and mediated images. There will also be an introduction to some of the theory of looking and personality difference. However, the core of this workshop will constantly be the practice of observing and drawing, and the discoveries to which they lead. Each day will commence with a short introduction followed by either a visit to a selected location for field work, or studio work at the college (the weather will determine the details of the schedule). There will also be two short illustrated talks.
Each participant will have dedicated studio space with access 24/7, with opportunities to work on a very large scale if desired. Previous experience is an advantage, though not essential, but beginners should be aware the workshop does not provide basic instruction in drawing skills. This workshop is open to a maximum of 16 participants.