Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Woodcut weekend - printmaking at Dillington House

Well! I've had time to tidy everything back into the shed and put my feet up after Dillington last weekend. It's so easy to forget how intense teaching can be and I'm quite fatigued after a long weekend, although contrarily I really enjoyed it.

Dillington House is one of the most beautiful buildings to offer residential courses and to host its own pro­gramme of con­certs and pub­lic lectures in the South West of England. 

Architecturally it's magnificent, set in a bucolic one hundred acres of wonderfully lush parkland. The house dates from the 16th century, however the Hyde (which housed my studio space and bedroom) was completed in 2009. This creates a wonderful juxtaposition combining the historic with the contemporary

Actually it is a lovely place from which to run a weekend workshop.

The Hyde houses  two 100sqm studios and guest bedrooms, and it won the 2010 South-West Region Architecture Award from the RIBA 2010
I do love to be out doors, and I think that's why I'm so in love with the studio in the Hyde, its floor to ceiling wall of glass blurs the boundary between inside and outside. 

Even so, there are plenty of quiet corners in the grounds to sneak off to for a little quiet contemplation and a bit of fresh air. 
Student work.

The students were all, without exception, beginners and as such achieved a great deal over the weekend. Managing to get their heads around thinking in 'mirror image' and dealing with the complications of registration and colour mixing.

Big, bold woodcuts are the order of the day!

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