“Every day I awake with the idea, today I must teach myself to draw.” Leon Kossoff
Applications for The Drawing Year, a one year MA-level programme with free studio space in Shoreditch and a full scholarship for each of its 25 students, close this Thursday, 28th March 2013. Applicants must submit an online application form, following which they will be invited to bring a portfolio of work to the School in April.
Catherine Goodman is Artistic Director of The Prince’s Drawing School, and its co-founder, with HRH The Prince of Wales. Here she explains why she set up The Drawing Year thirteen years ago.
“The Drawing Year is a postgraduate programme dedicated to drawing from life that is unique in the spectrum of tertiary level art education in the UK. It provides an opportunity for intensive research and practice in drawing from observation, and sees drawing both as an end in itself and in relation to other areas of practice. The School provides a supportive and lively environment for sustained exploration in drawing, in the belief that practice strengthens hand and eye, and concentration nourishes the imagination.
“Drawing can be direct, incisive, intimate, surprising, funny or confrontational. Using the most limited of means, drawing offers some of the most demanding opportunities for growth to a contemporary artist, both visually and intellectually, allowing a free transition between mediums. It is one of the simplest and yet the most endlessly complex of human activities, encompassing a wide scope of practice and interpretation.
“Drawing is taught as a way of understanding. Drawing Year students benefit from working amongst peers and from the contact with tutors and visiting lecturers, who represent a wide spectrum of artistic practice. They value the freedom of intellectual exchange and the atmosphere of shared commitment.
“Fundamental to the course is the assertion of the connection between looking and making images; a belief that conceptual innovation can be generated by an active engagement with the visual world that surrounds us. Drawing connects what we see with how we think. It is a crucial meditation between the world and our idea of it. More flexible than language, drawing has the power to express thought in a new way, to communicate with an economy of means.”
There is more information on The Drawing Year and the applications process here