Dartmoor Arts Project is hosting its sixth annual summer school in and around Drewsteignton this coming July. Last year’s summer school was full to capacity with over 120 artists, architects, printmakers and performers joining the school from all over the country and further afield. This year’s summer school has new courses on offer as well as some of the more well known ones.
The Dartmoor Ats Project Summer School runs from July 22-28, and new for 2012, Richard Wood from PCAD is going to be teaching Forged Metals where you can learn the traditional skills of the blacksmith and apply them to making sculptural forms from forged iron and steel.
South West Film makers and animators Joshua Gaunt and Anna Aroussi are leading a new animation course, teaching the fundamentals of stop-motion techniques, light painting, time lapse and mixed media. Students get to screen their animations at the end of the summer school week.
Imogen Butler-Cole from the innovative THEWHATWORKS Theatre Company is teaching an experimental Devising & Creating Theatre course where participants will have the chance to create extraordinary worlds from their own stories and explore physical theatre skills.
Master printmaker Kip Gresham from The Print Studio Cambridge returns to teach another in-depth printmaking week, dynamic duo Stephen Park and Wilf Merttens are back for their storytelling extravaganza – students spend three days working with Stephen and Wilf then perform in front of a live audience of about 150 people.
Jerry Tate and Henry Russell are back to teach another Spatial Structures course – five-and-a-half days to design and build a structure at 1:1 in the landscape using a finite amount of local materials.
Chris Chapman will be taking students out on to Dartmoor for his digital photography course and landscape painter Daniel Holmes- Adams will be encouraging students to work on a large scale out in the wild landscape surrounding Drewsteignton. Earth Arts, Drawing 5 Days, 5 Approaches, and Drawing into Painting and Stone Carving are also on offer again this year.
The summer school is renown for its intimate scale – a community of artists coming together for an intense week of making work, sharing ideas and discussion.
The evening programme is an important part of the summer school experience and this year we have talks by young artist Phoebe Unwin (from the touring BAS7) and Siân Ede is director of arts at the Gulbenkian Foundation in the UK and the author of Art and Science, co-author of Strange and Charmed: Science and the contemporary visual arts.