Sketchbook Day

with Alison Mountain

Saturday 18 May (1 day)

£70 excluding materials

Plus £5 per day for lunch (optional) – all dietary requirements catered for

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This class begins to explore different approaches to the working sketchbook. Looking at new ways of developing and extending ideas to help you gain a deeper understanding of what inspires and excites you, and how you can begin to use and develop this information in your individual art work.

In the morning, we will discuss preconceptions about what the sketchbook can be, with a view to extending ideas about its possible functions, and how it can extend your existing practice. We will look at examples to explore a range of approaches and experiment with ways to begin the process and overcome fears, specifically centring around ‘the blank page’. You will play with methods of transforming expectations, thereby creating new connections, which can be individually selected and developed. After lunch, we will explore several different practical approaches, working with a range of experimental media on offer in the studio.

All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring along anything you particularly like to work with!

About the tutor

Alison Mountain is a multimedia artist and teacher who together with Jeanette Sendler owns and runs Big Cat Textiles. Primarily a painter, she has also focused on the creative process and co-authored Think inside the sketchbook (Collins, 2011).

She has led classes in creativity at all levels with particular emphasis on the development of sketchbook led processes to support personal practice whatever your discipline.

Alison Mountain Sketchbook Class 1

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Alison Mountain Sketchbook Class 3