Hospitalfield launches art masterclasses

A NEW series of residential art masterclasses launches at Hospitalfield Arbroath today (Friday) which, over the coming months, will cover a range of subjects including life drawing, bookmaking, photography and various kinds of printmaking.

This is the first full series of masterclasses to be staged at Hospitalfield as part of an initiative to develop the artistic programme and widen access to the historic centre for the arts. The recent addition of a refurbished print studio to Hospitalfield’s facilities has allowed fresh developments including courses in engraving, woodcut and printmaking in light and shade.

Masterclass co-ordinator and life artist Rebecca Westguard explained: “The 2011 Hospitalfield Masterclass Programme has been developed to complement the legacy of Patrick Allan-Fraser who left the house and various collections to support and inspire the development of artists.”

Participants will spend concentrated periods of up to five days in the inspiring surroundings challenging their artistic abilities and developing their skills.

The series begins with a weekend course led by Rebecca who will be guiding clients through the complexities of capturing the human body in lines on paper. Students will be drawing from live models in a range of poses and environments making full use of the historic house and studios.

At the end of the month, on April 29, Robert Jackson of Dundee Contemporary Arts will lead the first residential weekend printmaking course in the new Kinpurnie Print Studio at Hospitalfield. Students will learn how to create light and shade with etching and other intaglio techniques using zinc printing plates.

In May, north east artist Kelly Sim leads a class on bookmaking when students will not only create their own beautifully handcrafted books but will also have the opportunity to sculpt pages in an ‘altered book’ project.

“We hope artists from Angus will join those from further afield to take advantage of this rare opportunity to develop their art with specialist input from professionals in their fields, and at the same time help us to secure Hospitalfield’s position for the future,” said Rebecca.

Residential places include all meals and materials. A limited number of non residential places are also available. Full details are available on the website