Surrealism at West Dean College with London Drawing Theatre

OK, so I had a vague idea of what to expect today at West Dean College’s London Drawing Theatre workshop as I accidentally walked through it last year.  However, it still proved to be an unusual, and (intentionally to go with the college’s atmosphere/decor) surreal drawing experience, with the two hardworking life models (mostly wearing masks, headdresses, and painted blue!) blending into the fabulous and weird surroundings of the college.

The day was divided into three scenes/poses.  During the first we were encouraged to use collage to depict a mostly stationery scene.

"life drawing collage"

paper collage and felt tip pen on cartridge paper

During the second we moved between two corridor scenes (one shown below):

"seated nude wearing zebra mask"

felt pen on cartridge paper

and during the last, the models were moving around the college’s Oak Lounge and we mostly stayed still:

"pen life drawing of theatrical scene"

felt pen on cartridge paper

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One thought on “Surrealism at West Dean College with London Drawing Theatre

  1. Sounds like a thoroughly surreal experience (made even more surreal for the participants last year when a group of FDAD students trooped through!). I love the way you have responded to the challenge and captured the unusual atmosphere.

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