Back to Basics: Observational Drawing
With Duncan Cameron
The workshop will be led by Duncan Cameron, a finalist of the 2019 John Ruskin Prize and Programme Leader in Art Foundation at Strode College. Duncan has a great reputation for teaching; running online classes through the Isolation Art School during the lockdown and winning the Silver Teaching Award for the Pearson Further Education Lecturer of the Year.
During this Back to Basics workshop, you will be honing your observational skills using a variety of objects from Duncan’s extensive collection; including skulls, nests, crayfish, lobster claws, and all manner of other items to study and draw. You will be focussing on comparative anatomy and building a sketchbook spread, whilst working with a variety of media and text.
The session will give you a chance to revisit your fundamental drawing skills as part of our Back to Basics drawing events in October. Each week your tutors will be focusing on a different method of drawing and mark-making, with a range of expert tutors to give you a chance to really get to grips with a variety of drawing techniques. Everyone who signs up will receive a sketchbook for each session, all drawing materials will be included as part of the price.
These sessions are perfect if you’re out of practice and would like to revisit your drawing essentials. Available as single sessions or sign up for all four as a package for a reduced price.
All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are private and en-suite so you will have your own space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the Studio. We will provide you with your own towels, linen, and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. Accommodation includes an evening meal, breakfast, and lunch.
We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.
We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.
Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).
All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering
We have also set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
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