The fourth annual Dartmoor Arts Summer School, which takes place in and around the north Dartmoor arts haven of Drewsteignton, is set for between Sunday, July 25 and Friday, July 30.
The summer school brings together established practitioners with new and emerging artists and provides a forum for experimentation and critical debate. The intensive week-long programme offers practical day-time workshops while the evenings see students and tutors from all the courses gather for dinner and a programme of artists’ talks, music and performance events.
Courses on offer this year include earth art, iron casting, digital photography, documentary film making, landscape painting, spatial structures, drawing masterclass and stone carving. There’s also a new course called drawing into painting and a storytelling weekend.
Participants have the chance to work with some high profile artists and practitioners this year. There will be five days of digital photography on Dartmoor with tuition from local photographer Chris Chapman.
Peter Randall-Page will be a visiting tutor on the stone carving course and for the spatial structures course (building an experimental architectural installation in the landscape), which will be led by Piers Taylor and Charley Brentnall.
Jackie Abey, Jill Smallcombe and Rupert Johnstone will teach an earth art course looking at the potential of earth to express ideas and create form, using traditional and processes as a starting point.
Andy Griffiths will be running his iron casting course, culminating in the iron pour at the end of the week. Other tutors include David Brampton Greene (stone carving) Daniel Adams (landscape painting), Atul Vohura (drawing into painting).
There are a number of bursaries available this year to people who want to take part in the Dartmoor Arts Summer School, but do not have the financial means. For guidelines on how to apply for a bursay, check out the Dartmoor Arts website.
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