Experimentation: Drawing and collage class – Session 1

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Whilst studying for the DIC course, I have developed a particular interest in using mixed media approaches to photography.  This is not something that I had ever tried before, however, I am really starting to enjoy the process of combining digital photography, with more tactile, analogue techniques.

With this in mind, I decided to sign up for a short practical course at a nearby art gallery.  The course, consists of three, day-long sessions, and explores various drawing and collage techniques.

The first session, focused specifically on colourless drawing techniques.  I had the opportunity to use charcoal, graphite powder and India ink, none of which I had ever even touched before.  I got to use an easel and a drawing board (another new experience) and to spend the day working in an artists’ studio.  I had so much fun!

During the second half of the day, we deconstructed our drawings and attempted our first collages.  The tutor asked us to think about possible links within the collage, for example, by following lines, using clusters or scatter, or by thinking about negative space.  My first collage may not have been anything particularly special, but the process, was really inspirational.

I am very much looking forward to my second session next week.