Last “Gallery as Studio” workshop today at the Tate Modern, which is very sad as each session was the highlight of my week. Not only did our lovely artist-tutors, Michèle Fuirer and Marianne Holm Hansen managed to drag me kicking and screaming away from representational drawing, I also had the benefit of drawing after hours in the wonderful Tate Modern with a very pleasant, supportive group of fellow students.
I think, if anything, Michèle and Marianne were trying to get us to be more personal in our drawing – more considered about the marks we were making in response to outside stimuli and trying to steer usaway from a purely representational, and therefore remote, depiction of the source to create something that is a more intimate and perhaps will be more though-provoking to the end viewer. This type of drawing is especially difficult for me, not just because I am more comfortable with representational drawing, but also because I value draftsmanship so highly so obtain satisfaction when others understand exactly what the artwork is about.
What is next? I don’t know, but I would like to do more, similar workshops. I need that push outside my comfort zone, and I enjoy working in the gallery spaces without the daily crowds around you. I hope the Tate will put more on soon.