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CHALKUP21 Drawing workshop (4) with Marcia Teusink

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White Cliffs Visitor Centre

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Guston

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We invite you to come along to our free informal drawing workshop on Monday 14 May with artist Marcia Teusink, who is offering a series of workshops especially commissioned for the #CHALKUP21 project. The workshops will include a variety of approaches to drawing, from observation exercises to more exploratory approaches. Suitable for all levels and abilities,participants should be prepared to draw in all types of weather. This workshop will include a short, steep walk, those not able to climb up and down the path between Athol Terrace and the Visitors Centre can stay on the level of the visitors centre for the uration of the workshop.

This fourth workshop will take in two of the nine #CHALKUP21 structures:

  • The National Trust White Cliffs Visitor Centre: van Heyningen and Haward have designed a number of visitor centres and this is one of their most successful. It is a deliberately modest building which sits on the cliffs overlooking Dover harbour. Its shallow vaulted roof is topped with grass so that the building merges into the landscape when seen from higher up. At ground level it explores a tectonic marriage of high-tech detailing and arts and crafts materials: welded steel elements resting on rustic brick piers. The building has a simple plan with an unsympathetically complicated shop interior that gets in the way of the view. This though is spectacular: horses chewing grass in the foreground, the steep drop of the cliffs and then the endlessly busy and breathtakingly vast port beyond. (Charles Holland)

  • The Dover Totems: There are six totems in all which mark the climb up to the white cliffs from the eastern end of Dover’s sea front. The walk is steep and vertiginous and offers amazing views of the Dover’s Eastern Docks and the English Channel. The totems are of various heights, some acting as markers and some as seats on which to sit and take in the view. They are fabricated from steel sheets, lazer-cut with the outlines of the fossilised plants that form part of the chalk cliffs. (Charles Holland)

The sessions will be 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.

Meet at the National Trust Visitor Centre, which has ample parking and also refreshments. There is a charge for parking for non National Trust members. Please bear in mind the steep climb back up to the Visitor Centre from Athol Terrace - the site of the first Dover Totem.

Registration is at 10.30am.

Refreshments will be available to purchase in the White Cliffs visitor centre Cafe.

Please wear appropriate clothing for drawing outside and suitable footwear for climbing up and down the path from Athol Terrace to the White Cliffs Visitors Centre which is marked by the Dover Totems.

Getting to the White Cliffs Visitor Centre.

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 summer 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. Over the last 17 years, 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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