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Drawn to Ideas
Sketchbooks, drawing and off-press printmaking
with Sandy Sykes RE
Course Outline:
Starting with a scrapbook of clippings and drawings Sandy will help you liberate your ideas in an experimental sketchbook and select elements to develop into drawings or print using off-press print methods. Her teaching approach will lead you to new directions and to unexpected outcomes.

This course will invigorate your practice and take your working processes into new, stimulating areas of development. The outcomes are richly layered and individual compositional consequences of your explorations.

About the Artist:
Sandy Sykes has an international reputation for her drawing and printmaking and is represented in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain London, Museum of Modern Art New York, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Japan. Her powerful works on paper reference visual and literary influences from many countries and throughout history, often using humour to guide us into dark subjects.
Sandy had a solo exhibition at Rabley in 2013, ‘The Flying Itself’ and has upcoming solo shows in Scotland and Bulgaria.
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Course includes:
Students have access to the print room and a dedicated work space in the drawing studio.
A well equipped drawing studio and printroom
Group and individual tuition
Artist demonstrations
Access to Gallery and archive of original works
Research Art Library
Access to the countryside
Farmhouse lunch, tea, coffee & refreshments
“…what a fantastic few days. For me it was pure Joy and feel now out of the block I had managed to get myself into. Am now on a roll!” DC, 2013

It was amazing how different everyone’s work was and I am still working on the ideas from my course with Sandy” CS

Course Review
Read our course review on the Rabley blog
Rabley Drawing Centre located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. ‘Home Farm’ is a higher-level conservation farm with extensive meadow, wild bird feeding areas and special habitats and woodland. This unique environment includes ancient burial mounds, Iron Age earthworks and the Roman road to the Roman settlement of Cunetio.

The centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.

On site is the celebrated 21st Century farmhouse built by the Ainslie family, as featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

This unique creative hub is in the middle of nowhere but the centre of everything! Only 1 hour from Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Winchester and Reading, and 1 hour 15mins on the train from London.

Drawn to Ideas: Drawing & Printmaking Course
Sandy Sykes, The Flying Itself, 2013
105 x 80 cms, Unique, hand burnished woodcut on Khadi Paper
Group Size: 9
Course Dates: TBC
Times: 9.30 - 5pm
Course Duration: 3 days
Course Fee: £TBC
Is this the right course for you? Please contact us if you have any queries. Tel: 01672 511999 or email:
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