Courses 2019 - Camden Art Centre

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5 Weeks: Drawing and Painting – Contemporary Portraiture

Thursdays, 10.30am – 4.30pm

During this five-week course participants will study contemporary portraiture, working from life, reference and observation. Demonstrations will focus on exploring contemporary uses of composition, mark making and colour in portraiture. Participants will have the opportunity to work across a range of drawing and painting materials, including charcoal, gouache and ink in order to produce vibrant and energetic works.

Additional information:
• This course is suitable for all levels and abilities.
• All materials and equipment are included.
• This course is five full days, over five consecutive weeks.
• There will be a break for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm each day. Lunch is not provided.

Jake Spicer will lead this course. Jake is a painter, tutor and author of a series of books on drawing; he is Head Tutor at Draw (Brig

1 Day: Introduction to Ceramics (1)

Saturday 25 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Over the course of the day, participants will be given a detailed introduction to ceramics, focusing on hand-building, an early process of working with clay using the hands and simple tools. Practical demonstrations throughout the morning will cover the basics of pinch pottery, coil building, and slab work. The afternoon will be dedicated to learning simple yet effective decorative finishes using slips and underglazes, with the opportunity to create individual ceramic works using the demonstrated techniques.

• Participants will be able to select up to four final pieces to be clear-glazed and fired in our on-site kilns.
• This course is suitable for those with little to no experience of ceramics.
• All materials and firing costs are included.
• This course runs over one full day.
• There will be a break for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Lunch is not provided.
• Participants on this course may also be interested in booking on our Plant Pot course as a way to progress their functional ceramic practice.

Sevak Zargarian will lead this course. Sevak is a London based ceramic designer maker, with an aim to create beautiful objects for the home. A graduate from Central Saint Martins and shortlisted for the Homes & Gardens Young Designer Award 2015, Sevak has a passion for material exploration.

3 Weeks: Expanded Approaches to Writing

Wednesdays, 6.30 – 9.00pm

With reference to the exhibition Crone Music, writer and artist Daniella Valz Gen will lead this course, looking at approaches to writing in response to a range of stimuli including music, body movement and landscape. This course will focus on practice-based approaches informed by non-normative embodied positionings. As such, it prioritises queer, trans and crip perspectives.

Each session will start with an introduction to the topic through text and performance-based examples, followed by an immersive experiential component in which time-based exercises will be framed as the root of the writing process.

Session 1: Writing rhythm through flow
This session explores compositional structures derived from music and the use of motifs or repetition. We will look at jazz poetry and the work of Amiri Baraka, Saul Williams and Julian Talamantez Brolaski. We will end the session with a writing exercise based on a deep listening of Frank Ocean.

Session 2: Writing from the body
In this session, we will discuss writing that derives from altered states of mind and writing processes that centre embodied experience in reference to the work of Michael Taussig and César Calvo. We will devise and execute an immersive ritualised exercise based on CAConrad’s Somatic Writing prompts.

Session 3: Writing with the non-human
The last session will consider ways of understanding the universe based on kinship with the natural world. We will discuss our understanding of writing about – and with – nature by looking at the work of Cecilia Vicuña, Ed Roberson and Joy Harjo. The practical aspect of this session will take place in Camden Arts Centre’s garden.

Daniella Valz Gen will lead this course. Daniella is a writer and artist born in Lima and based in London. Her work explores the interstices between languages, cultures and value systems with an emphasis on embodiment. Subversive Economies, her first poetry chapbook in English, was recently published by PSS Press. Her prose has been published in E.R.O.S Journal, SALT. Magazine, Montez Press Calendar Series and Paperwork Magazine. A newly commissioned essay will feature in the next issue of The Happy Hypocrite (Bookworks 2019). Daniella holds degrees in Media and Communications, Fine Art and a Masters in Visual Cultures. She has worked as a journalist, a film critic, and has conducted several creative writing workshops for Whitstable Biennial, not/nowhere, Dream Babes and as part of the Writing the City residency with Serpentine Projects.
These workshops are adapted from original research and teaching commissioned by not/nowhere, an artist workers’ cooperative that programmes workshops, screenings, exhibitions and other events.

1 Day: Functional Ceramics - Porcelain Tableware (1)

Saturday 9 February, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Over the duration of the day, participants will be given a detailed introduction to working with porcelain, with the opportunity to produce both plates and bowls. Practical demonstrations will cover best practice when preparing and handling porcelain, slab-building, press-moulding, and a brief overview of wheel-throwing with porcelain. Participants will have access to a range of coloured slips and underglazes with which to decorate and finish their works.
Additional information:
• Participants will be able to select up to four final pieces to be glazed and fired in our on-site kilns.
• This course is suitable for those with some previous ceramics experience and an interest in developing their practice and technical skills.
• All materials and firing costs are included.
• This course runs over one full day.
• There will be a break for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Lunch is not provided.

Sevak Zargarian will lead this course. Sevak is a London based ceramic designer-maker, with an aim to create beautiful objects for the home. A graduate from Central Saint Martins and shortlisted for the Homes & Gardens Young Designer Award 2015, Sevak has a passion for material exploration.

2 Days: Intimate Chaos - A Poetry Course

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February
10.30am – 4.30pm

Over an immersive weekend, participants will work alongside Beatrice Gibson’s exhibition Crone Music to consider the intimacy of chaos. Led by poet Rachel Long, this course will consider the personal-political, the spiritual-political and the ways in which ritual can be used to create meaning through reading, group discussion, personal reflection and writing.

Taking the works of Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, CAConrad, Jay Bernard and Terrance Hayes as inspiration, participants will gain an understanding of different creative processes and discover new ways of handling chaos, opening up new possibilities for their writing.

Session 1
The poet, Terrance Hayes, is writing a sonnet for everyday that Trump is President of the United States (American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin). How do you respond to chaos? Where do we start?
The first day of the course will embrace creative chaos through experimental techniques including subconscious writing, writing in the dark, and writing in response to the Crone Music exhibition and expanded programme.

Session 2
Participants will hone the skills developed over the duration of the first day and choreograph the chaos into a selection of final works. By the end of the course, participants will have written into the void and returned clutching a small collection of poems which respond to your storms − past, present and future.

All participants are invited to attend and read works produced on the course at a poetry evening that will be hosted by Rachel Long with a special guest poet, on Wednesday 13 March in the Camden Arts Centre café.

Rachel Long will lead this course. Rachel is a poet and the founder of Octavia, a poetry collective for Women of Colour, who are housed at Southbank Centre, London. Her work has featured in Magma, The London Magazine, and Modern Poetry in Translation. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme, and Poetry Fellow of University of Hertfordshire.

Children’s Art Club for 5-7s

Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 February 2019
10.00am – 3.30pm

This four-day course offers children a fun, playful and creative environment to make their own artworks. Children will use a range of techniques and processes, working with two artists across the Galleries and Studios at Camden Arts Centre to consider themes from the current exhibition, Crone Music by Beatrice Gibson.

Working in the Ceramics Studio, artist Fredrik Andersson will explore personal narratives through clay, demonstrating a series of hand-building techniques and decorative finishes to create sculptural vessels. In the Drawing Studio, participants will continue to develop their ideas with artist Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, using poetry, performance and story-telling to consider ways in which the voice and the body can be used as a sculptural material.

All materials are provided, and final ceramic pieces will be glazed and fired in our on-site kilns.

There will be an open studio exhibition of artworks at 3.00pm on the last day for friends and family to attend.

Free lunchtime care is provided between 12.30 – 1.15pm, in addition to a morning and afternoon break. Please note that lunch is not provided, therefore all children attending will need to bring a packed lunch with them. Squash and biscuits will be provided for break times.

Courses for 5-7s and 8-11s will be run concurrently throughout the day. We operate strict age restrictions on our children’s courses; please ensure you are booking onto the correct age range for your child.

Fredrik Andersson (a.k.a. FreddeLanka) is a Swedish illustrator, ceramicist and sometime writer, who migrated to London five years ago to study at Camberwell College of arts where he did a BA in Illustration. Andersson makes use of bold colours and shapes to create a wide range of work from ceramics to digital drawings that feed back into each other. His practice is based around human interactions and is heavily autobiographical, using his sense of humour as a way to process his emotions from the happy to the sad.

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a performer, spoken word poet and facilitator of Jamaican heritage. Her work is rooted in the personal liberation of the body, growth and human connection, and explores what it means to collectively embody Afro Diasporic creative resistance. Her practice is playful and sensory, developed from methods and spiritual tools to empower ideas and cultural actions through story, movement, spoken word and object. She is Artistic Director of Hit The Ground, a theatre project and producing space working towards social awareness in relation to decoloniality and climate change.

Children’s Art Club for 8-11s

Tuesday 19 – Friday 22 February 2019
10.00am – 3.30pm

This four-day course offers children a fun, playful and creative environment to make their own artworks. Children will use a range of techniques and processes, working with two artists across the Galleries and Studios at Camden Arts Centre to consider themes from the current exhibition, Crone Music by Beatrice Gibson.

Working in the Ceramics Studio, artist Fredrik Andersson will explore personal narratives through clay, demonstrating a series of hand-building techniques and decorative finishes to create sculptural vessels. In the Drawing Studio, participants will continue to develop their ideas with artist Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, using poetry, performance and story-telling to consider ways in which the voice and the body can be used as a sculptural material.

All materials are provided, and final ceramic pieces will be glazed and fired in our on-site kilns.

There will be an open studio exhibition of artworks at 3.00pm on the last day for friends and family to attend.

Free lunchtime care is provided between 12.30 – 1.15pm, in addition to a morning and afternoon break. Please note that lunch is not provided, therefore all children attending will need to bring a packed lunch with them. Squash and biscuits will be provided for break times.

Courses for 5-7s and 8-11s will be run concurrently throughout the day. We operate strict age restrictions on our children’s courses; please ensure you are booking onto the correct age range for your child.

Fredrik Andersson (a.k.a. FreddeLanka) is a Swedish illustrator, ceramicist and sometime writer, who migrated to London five years ago to study at Camberwell College of arts where he did a BA in Illustration. Andersson makes use of bold colours and shapes to create a wide range of work from ceramics to digital drawings that feed back into each other. His practice is based around human interactions and is heavily autobiographical, using his sense of humour as a way to process his emotions from the happy to the sad.

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson is a performer, spoken word poet and facilitator of Jamaican heritage. Her work is rooted in the personal liberation of the body, growth and human connection, and explores what it means to collectively embody Afro Diasporic creative resistance. Her practice is playful and sensory, developed from methods and spiritual tools to empower ideas and cultural actions through story, movement, spoken word and object. She is Artistic Director of Hit The Ground, a theatre project and producing space working towards social awareness in relation to decoloniality and climate change.