Expressive Drawing into Experimental Printmaking
Wednesday 6th to Friday 8th June 2018
A lively course beginning with a day spent out in the landscape looking at different ways of gathering information. Time outdoors will be spent considering visual ways of engaging with the flora and fauna which punctuates and enriches the rich landscape around the studio. A range of drawing techniques suited to sketchbooks and outdoor working will be explored including exploring an expressive language, ways to gather colour information,composition and mark making all with a view to developing multi-layered prints.
Back in the studio, time will be spent considering how to recreate line, tone, mark, texture and colour through the medium of print. Final works will be richly layered prints using the techniques of monotype and relief allowing students to build up images that contain a variety of marks and surfaces. Artists to take inspiration from include Philip Trevelyan, Nik Pollard, Mary Newcomb, Greg Poole and Joan Eardley.
Kittie Jones is a fine artist whose work is directly inspired by the natural world. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University in 2008.
Kittie regularly exhibits around the UK; she was elected as a professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 2016 and has been a professional member of Visual Arts Scotland since 2013.
Kittie's work consists of small edition screen prints, unique multi-layered monotypes and mixed media drawings and paintings on paper. Her practice begins out in the field where she is inspired by the creatures that inhabit the natural world – work made outdoors provides a starting point for prints and often is an end in itself.
'My work is concerned with the experience of time spent looking and interpreting the natural world. I am drawn to places which have an abundance of nature – sea bird colonies, fertile coastlines and remote islands. On drawing trips I will settle in a promising spot and start to develop work from there. The energy in the work comes from the constantly changing elements of the natural world – birds moving in and out of vision and the shifting quality of weather and light. My attempts to capture the change are what interests me, as well as my enchantment with a world which, as a human, I will only ever occupy the edge of.'
Alongside her work as an artist, Kittie teaches on the Portfolio Course at Bridge House Art in Ullapool over the winter and regularly delivers a variety of fine art workshops at Leith School of Art and for the National Galleries of Scotland.