Emma Stibbon ran another inspiring ‘Drawn to Landscape’ course at Rabley this year in-between busily hanging rooms at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition with Chris Orr.
Unlike last year, the weather was on the whole pretty good with bright blue sky and amazing cloud coverage. Emma opened the course with an introduction to the historical and contemporary context for pictorial landscape traditions, giving glimpses of her inspirations and references. After an orientation walk and talk from Meryl Ainslie that contextualized the surrounding ancient landscape and its histories, everyone was able to get out into the Wiltshire downs and begin to gather source material.
Back in the studio Emma helped everyone to develop drawings, by manipulating the versatile materials of ink and wash, and dry materials like charcoal. Emma was extremely generous in imparting her years experience of drawing both en plein air and in the studio. She gave useful guidance and methods for working back into the surface of a drawing, to recover, enhance and knock back areas; and also enlarge scale.
On Day 2 Emma introduced various monotype print processes that people could use to further explore and develop their mark making and drawings.
At the end of the 3 days the studio walls were full of amazing work and everyone was buzzing with the endless possibilities of further exploration in drawing and the ‘thrill of pulling a print’. We hope everyone gained a lot from this course and will take what they have learnt to help further develop and inform their practice. Keep in touch!
Emma Stibbon will be showcasing her new prints from a body of work tracing an expedition to the Arctic at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and selected drawings featured in a group exhibition ‘Drawn to the Real’ at The Alan Cristea Gallery in June 2014.
See some of Emma’s prints and drawings available from Rabley Contemporary Gallery…
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