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The Drawing Week

Short course

    Consider new modes of agency, extend your technical skills, and expand your drawing experience with this five-day short course in drawing.

    • Respond to your surroundings through drawing, as we go 'foraging in the city' to collect and witness movement.
    • Explore drawing processes practically and through group discussion, while learning from an experienced artist.
    • Work with life models, raw responses, gestural connection, communication, analytical workings, and doodles.

    Course overview

    An experimental, one-week platform propelling widespread drawing processes, The Drawing Week combines practical exploration with group talks, questioning what contemporary drawing is, and can be.

    This short course exposes new modes of agency and materials, extends technical skills, and expands current methodologies and experience with drawing.

    There will be practical time for experimentation: new approaches to observations, mark making, and play with materials and creating. This will underline an accompanying series of group experiences, inquiring talks, and discussions.

    We'll examine drawings’ traits: raw responses, gestural connection, communication, analytical workings, and doodles, with a focus on "hand, brain and eye co-ordination for a digital age’".

    We'll work with life models, experience movement and sound, and readdress our surroundings, time, and memories. We'll embrace personal connections by trialing alternative portrayals and re-looking at the activity of drawn line and tone.

    "Until we can insert a USB into our ear and download our thoughts, drawing remains the best way of getting visual information onto the page."

    Grayson Perry, Turner-prize winning artist

    About your tutor

    Alex Roberts is a British artist, a collaborative researcher who curates, and an educator. She lives and works between Berlin and the UK.

    Alex works with paint and translucence, addressing paintings’ surface and spatial depth. Testing the sliding scale of figuration and abstraction, her focus is how we perceive identity and change – encounters.

    She exhibits internationally. Curating and facilitating visual art projects is a research method, an extension of her studio practice. 

    Alex completed her MAFA at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), following a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The University of Reading. She continues to work at Edge Arts, University of Bath, as an Artist Tutor alongside Drawing Projects UK.

    "...Alex was an excellent tutor. I also think it’s valuable to have people on the course with a level of experience or existing art practice, as you learn so much from the rest of the group."


    More details


    The course will take place at our Sion Hill campus in central Bath.


    The fee for the programme is £400 for the full five days.

    What to bring

    You can bring your own lunch, or eat at Café Sion. Light refreshments are provided.

    Register your interest

    We look forward to receiving your Registration of Interest form (below). If you have any questions, please contact us by email bsadshortcourses@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Register your interest form (doc)


    To book, or if you have any questions, please contact bsadshortcourses@bathspa.ac.uk.

    "Enjoyed the various drawing exercises, presentation about different aspects of drawing and the chance to have a tutorial. Appreciated lots of access and feedback from the tutor, the group dynamic and input from others on the course."


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