Free Drawing School: Sticks and Stones with guest artist Rachael Bibby

31 May 2021

Free Drawing School: Sticks and Stones with guest artist Rachael Bibby

Free Drawing School: Sticks and Stones with guest artist Rachael Bibby

Join guest artist Rachael Bibby in this outdoor drawing workshop. Taking the first known drawings as inspiration, we will look at the drawing techniques used thousands of years ago by humans and their early mark making. Investigate form, light, gesture and space while exploring earthy materials from the local landscape using various techniques such as scattering, scratching subbing and smudging whilst drawing on the ground.

Using local ancient red sandstone rocks and handmade charcoal we will explore a visual vocabulary through mark making. Marks on a surface have infinite possibilities. These marks make up the visual language from which a drawing is constructed. Playing with the elements of fire, water, earth and air to explore how depth, perspective and space work in two dimensions you can explore your own unique and personal language of mark making.

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in drawing and or seeking to intuitively develop their mark making and drawing. You do not need any experience to take part.

Should it rain then this is another medium for natural mark making. You may wish to bring waterproofs!

Tickets available from Monday 17 May, 10am.

11.00am – 12.00pm & 2.00pm – 3.00pm, Monday 31 May

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About Rachael Bibby

Rachael Bibby grew up in Hospitalfield, Arbroath. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2007 where she went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. She has taught drawing at the Royal Scottish Academy and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and teaches various drawing and painting classes in Edinburgh. She has worked in a variety of mediums, including painting, video, installation, sculpture and performance. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions across Scotland including Visual Arts Scotland, The Society of Scottish Artists, The Royal Scottish Academy’s Open Exhibition and SYN Festival, her solo exhibition Painted Consciousness, was exhibited at The Meffan Gallery. She has work in the collection of the Royal Scottish Academy. More recently, her work has been exhibited in Ages of Wonder: Scotland’s Art 1540 to Now and Edinburgh Art Festival. Rachael was one of the artists as part of Hospitalfield’s Angus artist residencies at the Patrick Allan Fraser Studio in April 2021.

Her works explores portraiture and autobiography. Her gestural painting is both abstract and figurative as she continues to explore and shift her artistic style and techniques, she often works with industrial materials to tease out landscapes and figures. Her more recent paintings incorporate abstract forms and patterns. Much of her works are life pieces or time-based works which she continuously adds to; A series of blue and white tile paintings depicting all images of herself tagged on Facebook; Her Dwelling project is an evolving tent like structure built from a collection of her clothes since childhood; A deck of cards created from annual Tarot-based ritual performances.

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