Drawing and Painting with Pattern with Annabel Tilley* New 2024



This mixed media course is an introduction to incorporating pattern – your own hand-drawn designs and motifs – into your drawings and paintings, and learning how to forge your own visual vocabulary.

Using the landscape and natural world as a starting point we will look at how pattern can be used as a central motif, substitution or decoration and experiment with how it can be used to enhance a picture.

The class will draw inspiration from patterns found in the everyday world as well as the artistic imagination. You will be able to work from material supplied by Annabel as well as ideas and images you have brought in. There will be the opportunity to work with a variety of different paper-based mediums that support drawing, painting and collage.

Day one is about play and experimentation. Starting with several quick exercises: you will create collages and drawings exploring colour, shape and pattern in the landscape – abstract or semi-abstract. Through these experimental exercises, you will cultivate themes that will develop further during day two.

Day two is about honing down your ideas and concentrating on a final piece. This might be used as inspiration for a future painting, collage, embroidery or textile.

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20th and 21st Sept 2024




As well as your Lunch please bring a selection of the paper and materials that you enjoy working with.

These might include some of the following:

Coloured pencils

Felt tips/marker pens

Coloured inks, watercolour/gouache

Collage material




Palette, brushes and water jar

A selection of A2 & A3-size white paper, or similar, suitable for drawing, collage, watercolour, ink etc

Artist Bio:

Annabel Tilley has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery, WW Gallery, C4RD, APT, Standpoint Gallery, Usher Gallery, Nottingham Castle Museum, Oriel Davis, Towner, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings Museum, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, RCA Secret and Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing in Berlin.

Annabel Tilley trained in Fine Art (Painting) at The University of Brighton and lives in Hastings. Her work is held in several private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States. She has undertaken several residencies and commissions. She has lectured on professional practice for artists at universities and arts orgs around the country, and teaches experimental drawing, collage and sketchbook workshops at West Dean College and other venues in England.

She is co-author of What they didn’t teach you in art school (ILEX/Octopus Books, 2016) now in a new second edition and available from your independent bookshop, online retailers or major art galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain etc.

You can follow Annabel on Instagram @annabeltilley

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