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CHALKUP21 Drawing workshop (3) with Marcia Teusink

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We invite you to come along to our free informal drawing workshop on Saturday 28 April with artist Marcia Teusink, who is offering a series of workshops especially commissioned for the #CHALKUP21 project. The workshops include a variety of approaches to drawing, from observation exercises to more exploratory approaches. Suitable for all levels and abilities, the workshops will not involve a great deal of walking, but participants should be prepared to draw in all types of weather.

This third workshop will take place on Dover's Esplanade taking in three of the nine #CHALKUP21 structures:

  • The Sea Sports Centre: “This robustly detailed, fortress-like building serves a number of purposes: the lower half faces onto the beach and houses a sailing club. The upper part cantilevers over the beach and contains a restaurant which has a south-facing terrace with spectacular views across the harbour. The building is clad in a combination of silver-grey timber boards and Kentish rag-stone which relates to George Devey’s nearby clocktower as well as the walls of the harbour itself. (Charles Holland)

  • The Three Waves: “Tonkin Liu redesigned Dover esplanade as a series of billowing concrete forms. A ribbon-like wobble of white concrete retaining wall defines one edge while an undulating path that steps down onto the shingle beach forms the other. The concrete has an elegant, flowing quality and brings to mind melting ice cream cones as much as the waves that crash onto the beach or the white cliffs behind. Materially and tonally it sits nicely with the creamy stucco of Philip Hardwicke’s elegant Waterloo Crescent.” (Charles Holland)

  • Alma Tischler Wood’s Start/Finish line marks the conceptual beginning and end of the North Downs Way. It is a subtle and delightful work that inverts our expectations of public artworks (a heroic figure to look up to) and playfully refers to the sense of achievement we get from completing a long walk or a healthy bout of exercise.It consists of little more than a strip of black granite set into the esplanade into which are carved the words Start/Finish. In a seafront jostling with remarkable structures it inserts itself undemonstratively but with restrained elegance and understated wit. The hero in this instance is the viewer, who by standing on it completes the sculpture (Charles Holland)

The sessions are aimed at trying to understand both formal and conceptual aspects of the nine buildings and public artworks of the CHALKUP21 Trail, as well as their relationship to their particular site. When we look at architecture, what do we see? And how do we see it in relation to its surroundings?

The event is free and all materials will be supplied.

Registration is from 10.30am. Please meet us at the Pebbles Kiosk: Marine Parade, Dover CT16 1LU.

Refreshments will be available to purchase at local outlets along the seafront.

There are vaious shelters on the sea front as well as restuarants and cafes but participants will need to keep their belongings with them at all times and wear appropriate clothing for drawing outside.

If you are arriving by car, there is parking on Marine Parade (parking meters). The Esplanade is a short walk from Dover Priory rail station or from the Dover bus station in Pencester Rd.

The event is free, but booking is essential. There are only a few spaces available, so book your place soon to avoid disappointment!

Further workshops will take place at the other trail sites in 2018.

Dover Arts Development’s CHALKUP21 project is a 21st-century architectural Coastal Trail that aspires to raise awareness and appreciation of contemporary coastal architecture along the Strait of Dover. This century there have been some fine examples built along the Strait, many of which have received prestigious industry awards. CHALKUP21 links together nine of these examples into a 17-mile coastal walking trail between Folkestone and Deal.

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