Art & Design Summer School (12 to 17 yrs) with Deborah Manson
Art & Design Summer School (12 to 17 yrs) with Deborah Manson
Art & Design Summer School (12 to 17 yrs) with Deborah Manson
Art & Design Summer School (12 to 17 yrs) with Deborah Manson

Art & Design Summer School (12 to 17 yrs) with Deborah Manson

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Course summary:

This summer we have an amazing, fun focussed Art & Design Summer School for those aged between 12 and 17.

Forget what you know about art and design from school, during this week you will be working with a professional artist on a whole range of creative skills.

The week is structured as daily projects in a way that means you can come to all five days, four days, three days, two days or just the one to try it out. Throughout the week the group will work in our studio space that looks out onto the beach, as well as on the beach itself.

There is a block booking discount on 3 and 5 days.

Enter MAKESUMMER10% when booking 3 days.

Enter MAKESUMMER20% when booking 5 days.

Monday 25th July – Drawing and Mark Making

Thinking about what drawing can be in its broadest forms we will work through guided exercises using a whole range of materials.

Working collaboratively and individually we will explore scale, line, tone, quick drawing, frottage, collage and sewing machine drawings using life, photographs and your imagination.

Tuesday 26th July - Painting with Natural Colour

Using natural materials this project will focus on making colours, patterns and textures on fabric and paper.

You will make your own drawings inks using plants and experiment with bundle dyeing to produce textile and paper-based drawings that can then be embroidered and drawn on using a sewing machine. These textiles will then be turned into an amazing installation in the studio.

Wednesday 27th July – Textiles

Using fabric as the basis for this project, the group will explore heat press printing as well as indigo shibori dyeing.

Making drawings with heat press inks onto paper, the group will use a heat press to translate their drawings onto fabrics.

The day will end by making bamboo wooden structures to turn your heat press art into 3D structures.

Thursday 28th July - Printmaking

An exciting way to create art, Deborah will teach you how to print using lots of different methods and materials. There will be mono-print, lino, polyprint, clay, cardboard, craft foam and string.

Today’s project is to make your own printed concertina book.  There will be a focus on abstract printing and cyanotype (photographic exposure).

Friday 29th July - Sculpture:

Working collaboratively and also individually, we will explore a series of prompts to produce sculpture using a range of found materials.

Exploring material, shape, form and the immediate environment we will create a small exhibition at the end of the day to celebrate the end of the week.

Tutor biography:

Deborah works from her studio in Sussex where she makes textiles and works on paper. Her garden is an extension of the studio where she grows and processes plants for natural dyeing.

Her practice engages deeply with the act of making, an exploration of materials and the natural world.

Her aesthetic – lo-fi, handmade, imperfect – evolves from her interest in age old craft techniques and the cross overs between art, design and craft.

Whether working with paper or cloth she explores colour relationships, placement and composition and the juxtaposition of materials and textures.

Deborah studied Visual Communication at Central St Martins and Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries and runs workshops and courses for people of all ages and abilities.

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Refreshments provided:

We ask parents to provide a lunchbox and snacks/drinks for throughout the day. Weather dependent, we will picnic on the beach. 

What to bring with you:

You do not need to bring any materials or equipment with you. Fun art and design needs clothes you don’t mind getting a bit messy.

We have aprons that can be used during the workshops.


Booking terms & conditions:

You can view the MAKE booking terms & conditions here.

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