Summer School // Drawing: Collage, Poetry and Imagination

The whole visible universe is but a storehouse of images and signs to which the imagination will give a relative place and value; it is a sort of pasture which the imagination must digest and transform. Charles Baudelaire

This course is designed to awaken the possibilities of seeing the world around us afresh and finding that we can record our perceptions of it in ways we never imagined. We will question our expectations of creativity and the boundaries we have already imposed on our making, encouraging all to find new expressive territory by stepping outside our habitual approaches through a structured sequence of sessions. One can’t force imagination to arrive fully formed on a blank page but we will invite it into our drawings through processes which make room for its emergence. We will think about how poetry can be a mirror to the world, and how responding to poetry can be a very fruitful starting point for drawings. We will also draw from observation and then use the playful parameters of collage, colour and mixed media exercises to alter and transform our work. The discoveries made through these processes will in turn feedback into the further drawings we make, providing a dynamic within which personal visions can flourish and grow.

We will encourage you to build subject matter from the close at hand within your own homes and to make short drawings ‘out and about’ in your immediate vicinity. Some sessions we will use a posed figure while other will work from the words of poets such as Alice Oswald and Ocean Vuong. Each day will start with a discussion of other artists’ works and then we will work independently on exercises; coming together for group crits to see the jumps others make and the variety of means they employ in their art. We hope to reboot your imaginative confidence and propel your practice into the summer months and beyond.

  • Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Summer School courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.