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Contemporary Drawings

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Summer 2016 student

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Indicative maximum class size: 15

This course is ideal for the beginner looking for an alternative approach to creating drawings, and to those with some experience who wish to get back into the studio, learn in a group and gain fresh approaches.

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Course Dates

13th August 2018 – 17th August 2018

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Course Description

The course will introduce you to ways of expanding your drawing into new experimental approaches for recording visual information, mark-making and as a form of expression.

During this course you will:

  • learn how to see the potential in the everyday and the overlooked, and to engage in enjoyable and challenging drawing projects
  • challenge the hierarchy of eye-to-hand coordination and open up new ways of working
  • gain experience of a wide range of conventional and unconventional materials
  • explore mark-making through mediation and negotiation, furthering your artistic communication skills
  • use drawing as installation to gain an understanding of how drawing can be performed using the body and the space.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have a sketchbook full of new ideas and a new found enthusiasm for drawing.

Tutor Profile: Dr Traci Kelly is an independent interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher.

She's co-artistic director of Hancock & Kelly, a company renowned for its artistic investigations into the visceral and politicised body.

Her practice travels between poetic performance, visual and textual languages and spans live work, video, installation and alternative scholarly writing.

Traci has performed and exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and Central America.

She graduated with a first-class degree in fine art from Nottingham Trent University, followed by a masters from The University of Central England.

In 2010 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading for research in collaborative live art practice. She is published in UK and Norwegian contexts.

Visit her website: https://www.hancockandkelly.com/ 

Not from Nottingham? Find out more about summer accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

"I just wanted to email to say a really big thank you for an amazing contemporary drawing course last week. I am still processing all that we packed in to the week. Traci was such an amazing tutor, so much knowledge, energy and enthusiasm. This course has made such a difference to my arts practice. I am so grateful. I am already looking forward to attending another one next summer!" HS (Summer 2017)

“The whole course was challenging, interesting and fascinating – bring on some more!” JR, Summer 2017

“Fantastic, really fantastic! And great to learn from a professional.” KS, Summer 2017

“Thank you so much for a life-enhancing course. I’ll be back!” HS, Summer 2017

"I enjoyed the exposure to so many different ways of thinking outside the box - the processes of problem solving and new freedoms." KD (Summer 2016)

"The range of drawing methodology was truly brilliant. The tutor worked so hard with all of us, encouraging and directing our practice as we needed." CD (Summer 2016)

"The best art course I have ever engaged with. Thank you Traci!" CD (Summer 2016)

"Had a totally fab time. I learnt so much my head is ready to explode." LW (Summer 2016)

"Great course. I'd do it again." S (Summer 2016)