Visiting Tutors

13th-20th August  2011

For Arts Sake are pleased to welcome visiting tutors John Allen and Jon Crane to provide a week long workshop in Stromness.


Tutors Backgrounds

 John Allen FRCA

A textile designer with more than 25 years experience John was instrumental in setting up the knitting department at the Royal College of Art.
He has worked with the V&A and with the Nihon Vogue Design School in Japan.
Currently John is working on a series of knotted wall hangings that are handcrafted in Nepal

Jon Crane

As a former Winchester School of Art head of department Jon has a background in textile design having set up the Allen Crane Studios with John Allen.
Working with screen printing techniques  Jon has worked in the fashion industry with Mary Quant and Bill Gibb stenciling designs onto leather.
Currently Jon is working with fine stencil screen prints.


Workshop Outline

 Jon Crane will be teaching on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday . He will be exploring the use of mark making to build-up a visual composition
The course will begin with a slide presentation, illustrating through the use of sketch books, how information can be manipulated and explored from a single idea.
The course will then progress to examine through mark making and drawing techniques how compositions can be developed from basic marks into complex arrangements. (Examples from classical and contemporary sketches)
Students will be expected to explore through personal imagery a variety of visually stimulating compositions over the 3 days - working originally with black and white marks and then developing the imagery through combinations of colour. The colour can be based on a natural or fantasy reference point.

 John Allen  will be teaching on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday . He will teach basic design exercises which are the foundation  of designing.

These will include, black and white optic effects created from simple stripes turned into  sophiticated ideas. Simple drawings where the back ground is painted into to create totally different effects. The cutting of stencils using skills we all used as children to creat very simple ideas.

These are then slowly worked up into complex patterns and designs and into which colour will be introduced to show how colour ideas can be generated using very basic approaches.

All the exercises will be worked into a format that allows each student to understand the technique while at the sametime finishing up with intersting work to take away as reference and inspiration


Workshop Details

 The workshops will run from 8.45am to 3.30pm on Sunday to Friday. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided
You will then have the rest of the day free  to enjoy the long summer evenings and discover some of Orkney’s delights.


 In conjunction with Orkney Escapes we have reserved the Merchants House for your accommodation during the course. This is a beautifully renovated house in the heart of old Stromness, with its own pier overlooking the harbour.
Accommodation is on a shared room basis, with most rooms having en-suite facilities.. Please see the website for more details. www.orkneyescapes.co.uk
We will provide the supplies for you to enjoy the breakfast that suits you.
For those of you who wish to arrange your own accommodation see the Visit Orkney website www.visitorkney.com  


 Booking Form

Early booking is advisable as there are only 10 places available on this course.
Residential costs are £600 for twin room sharing or £750 for single occupancy, subject to availability please confirm first. Non-residential fees are £390. 

Please click here to see the booking form


This should be printed off and sent to For Arts Sake in Orkney.

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