WORD UP! Line and Flow: Drawing from imagination and botanical inspiration


Venue Shippon Artists Studios

With Flora Arbuthnott

Length of course: Two hours


£35, including materials

Next date 13th July 10:00 am

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About this course

13 July, 10am-12pm

During this new course, you’ll work with dip pens and black ink on paper, and charcoal.

We will explore different prompts and processes for mark making and drawing from our imagination, including guided meditation, poetry, nonsense verse and sound – drawing out our own distinct inner creative vision.

Beginners welcome – this course is suitable for all abilities. The tutor will provide dip pens, brushes, and black ink for participants.

What you will do on this course

– Quietening/grounding/focusing. Mindfulness guided meditation.  breath slow exhale, feet on floor, contact points
– Make marks exploring the qualities and possibilities of the charcoal, brush, pen, pencil. All the possible marks and textures it can create. How do you feel as you make those marks?
– Botanical drawing, seeing elements and patterns. Look at the still life – Chose a simple element/pattern.  Draw this without lifting your pen from the page.
– Hide the still life and fill the page with patterns.
– Drawing from poetry and nonsense verse.
– Drawing from sounds (birdsong, sounds we can make with found objects in the room, music).

Flora says: “I am a printmaker, forager, and natural dyer. My work is inspired by wild plants and natural forms, birds, creatures and botanical shapes. Drawing and printing stylised shapes. Being in nature is an important part of my practice. I go out gathering wild food a few times a week in wilder areas.”

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Booking T&Cs

For more information, please contact: crafted@dartington.org
Advance booking only
Course details subject to change
Please note: 25% of your course fee is non-refundable should you need to cancel your place

About the Craft Revolution

The Craft Revolution runs a vibrant programme of courses, projects, events and talks. It is a movement about making; a learning space, an ideas lounge, an action station. A story of ‘doing’ over ‘not doing’.

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Saturday 13th July

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.