Tracing Nature – Lines, Layers, Patterns and Rhythms

Tracing Nature – Lines, Layers, Patterns and Rhythms

Course dates: Febuary 12th - 14th  2024 (Monday – Wednesday)

On this three day course we will explore ways of drawing in response to nature in the form of objects such as shells, coral, fossils, seed pods, butterflies, insects, wood, mosses, feathers that we provide (but students can bring their own collections to work from too). We will work only in black and white and using only the line. This might initially seem like quite a strict limitation but it will become a liberating and versatile approach. The work created will express exciting visual sensations in response to nature as we explore and experiment with the manipulation of various materials, layers and many ways of using line.

By the end of the course you will have -

  • Explored different approaches to line drawing and how versatile a line can be.
  • Seen the inventive potential of layering line drawings and the spatial possibilities of this process.
  • Investigated how to edit and adapt visual information according to criteria that are arrived at through the making processes rather than according to pre-conceived ideas.
  • Learnt how having seemingly quite strict limits or rules can sometimes result in a greater freedom and more inventive results than an ‘anything goes’ approach.

You will need -

  • A plentiful supply of tracing paper, at least 2 A3 or bigger pads
  • Soft Pencils
  • Charcoal
  • Black felt tip pen
  • Pva glue
  • Black and White acrylic in large tubes or pots
  • Empty pots, jars, tins (tuna tins)
  • A range of thin and medium thickness brushes, some flat chisel or filbert .
  • Scissors
  • A hair dryer
  • 2 sheets of AO heavy gauge paper or largish stretched canvases if you prefer.
  • Plants, flowers, or foliage from your garden.
  • An angle poise lamp if you have one.

Event Details

Start Date 12-Feb-2024 9:30 am
End Date 14-Feb-2024 4:30 pm
Price £325.00
Location Seawhite
Course Details Tracing Nature 2024 with Joe Packer.pdf


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Emily Ball at Seawhite,
2 Downs View Road,
East Sussex,
BN25 4PT
Telephone: 01903 743 537


Emily Ball at Seawhite
Seawhite Studio,
Star Road,
Partridge Green
West Sussex RH13 8RY
United Kingdom