Drawing From Dance at Oxford Summer School
Thursday 1st August to Saturday 3rd August
Using the moving figure as inspiration, you will spend two mornings working directly from a dancer, as they warm up and perform various dances. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of media and approaches to explore and express the dynamic form. In the afternoons and final day you will refine and develop your drawings, taking inspiration from the figure drawings of artists like Rodin and Degas. You don't need to be an expert at drawing the body to enjoy and gain from this interesting and unusual opportunity.
I trained in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and have been creating and exhibiting regularly ever since. Birds, forests and dancers feature strongly in my work, which takes inspiration directly from the landscape but with influences and love of artists such as Seurat, Ravilious, SW Hayter and the Canadian Group of Seven. Like many artists I am always looking for new ways of conveying the beauty and wonder of the natural world; its poetry of pattern, form and colour. I love using many different techniques from traditional oil painting to biro sketching to working with ink and bleach. Collographs (a print made from a collage) and Hybrid Monotypes (don't ask!) are also a favourite methods of working. Not generally content with only one media or technique much of my work combines multiple!