Drawing Archaeological Artefacts: Pottery, Flint, Metalwork and Organic Materials - Two day event

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Special Event

Drawing Archaeological Artefacts: Pottery, Flint, Metalwork and Organic Materials - Two day event

Day Saturday
Time 10:00 - 16:00
Presenter Jane Russell
Cost £48.00
Room Youth Hall
Availability 10/16 Places
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Event Description

This weekend course is suitable for beginners, and those who wish to refresh their drawing skills. Each session will begin with a power-point introduction on how to draw the artefact type/s being drawn in that session, using modern drawing conventions, and demonstrating good and bad illustration practices. 
The Ceramics session (Saturday morning) will start with students drawing various pieces of pottery including whole pots and sherds, decorated and plain pottery, whilst the tutor circulates advising them on their drawing techniques.  The Lithics session (Saturday afternoon) will be spent drawing various flint tools and later in the day cover other types of stone artefacts.  The final sessions on the Sunday will cover metalwork and bone and other organic artefacts. 

The course will only cover the pencil drawings of these artefacts.  Today most publication illustration is completed by using various computer drawing programmes, which are not available at this course.  The students, if they wish and have the right pens, can attempt to ink up their pencil drawings if there is time.  What-ever the method of producing illustrations for publication are used, the drawing conventions are the same, and will be taught to the standard of any archaeological drawing office.    

Drawing equipment needed for the course.
Many of the items will be provided by the tutor, such as drawing boards with metric graph paper, but if you have one please do bring it along.
Pencil – 2H
Ruler, rubber
Any fine-line drawing pens in size 1, 3 and 5 
Rotring pens – do not buy these as they are very expensive and what were used in the past (before computer drawings) but again bring them along if you already own a set.
Set squares and any other drawing aids you think might be useful.
Paper – can be cheap printing paper.
Tracing paper 
Masking tape to hold paper down on the boards
Table lamp – whilst the Centre and tutor have a very few angle-poise table lamps which can be used, there are unlikely to be enough for everyone so it would be very helpful if you have such a lamp to bring it along. 

Lunch: Please feel welcome to bring a packed lunch. Otherwise at lunch time there are various pubs, cafes and shops nearby. Tea and coffee making facilities are available throughout the day at the Centre for a small charge. 

Having been interested, and active, in local archaeology for many years, Jane was employed by the University College London Field Archaeology Unit for 13 years as Senior Illustrator and Planner.  This position required the drawing of artefacts and site plans for various types of regional and national publications.   
During this period, and into retirement, Jane taught Archaeological Illustration to undergraduates at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, adults studying with CCE at Sussex University, along with many local archaeological societies in South-East England.  Jane’s illustration work was assessed by the then Association of Archaeological Illustrators and Surveyors (now part of the CIFA), and for some years she acted as their Assessment Officer.