2019 Architectural Drawing Summer School – apply now

Ed_Dowding_SS_2018.width-2000The 2018 Architectural Drawing Summer School (Photo: Ed Dowding)

DEADLINE 20 May for applications to the Architectural Drawing Summer School 24–29 August 2019

If you are a student in Year 1 or 2 of your A levels and you have an interest in studying architecture, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the subject with some of the best lecturers teaching architecture in the UK.

Now in its third year, the weeklong Architectural Drawing Summer School course is designed to give A-Level students with an interest in architecture and the built environment an insight into how professional architects record what they see, how this information connects to the buildings they produce and how the process of drawing can be used to test and develop an idea.

The summer school is organised by the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust in association with Drawing Matter, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Kingston School of Art, Queens University Belfast and Bruton School for Girls with generous sponsorship from Eric Parry, Peter Wilson and Níall McLaughlin Architects, and individual scholarships funded by a growing list of architectural practices in the UK and Europe. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston, with a team of tutors and experts from each of the universities.

We are looking for intelligent and communicative young people with a keen interest in the visual environment, an inquisitive attitude and a positive approach to learning. Our intention is to give them an opportunity, at what could be a pivotal point in their intellectual development, to gain an understanding from professionals about the built world around them.

The built environment is both a laboratory and an archive, with new work taking its place beside the old. The key for anyone working in this territory is their ability to see, and to use the insights gained to allow them to make new work. Our interest in making drawings and other representations arises because of their ability to enable the students in understanding a given place, but also architecture more generally, and this summer school seeks to celebrate and develop this essential skill.

The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is by no means a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

Successful applicants will receive bed and board in the facilities of Bruton School for Girls. They will work in the town of Bruton and liaise intensively with educational facilities and staff at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. During the week students will be exposed to conversations and exercises set by many of the leading thinkers in architectural education today.

If you would like to nominate a pupil from your school, or would like to apply yourself, please POST your application to: Prof Andrew Clancy (Summer School Application), Kingston School of Art, Knights Park Campus, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QJ by 5pm on Monday 20 May 2019.

Please include:

• A brief (200 words maximum) statement from the pupil about their favourite room or space. This can be a normal part of their everyday life or somewhere they have visited.

• A maximum of four A4-size sheets demonstrating the student’s work — this can be sketches, drawings, models, paintings, etc. These can be originals or reproductions as the student sees fit. It should be noted, however, that these entries cannot be returned.

NOTE TO TEACHERS: In relation to the four sheets described above, please take care to put the student’s name and the school name on the verso of each sheet — surname first.

• A completed copy of the cover sheet for entries included on the final page of 2019_Call_for_Entries_15.1.2019.

There is likely to be considerable competition for the 45 places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made to nominators by 31 May 2019 and will be conditional on parental consent. Nominators of pupils attending the Summer School will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, on 29 August.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Clancy on architecturesummerschool@gmail.com and he will be happy to help.

For organisations and offices interested in sponsoring a student this year, find out how.

Further information about the Summer School, including programme and staff list, will be published as it becomes available.

PARTNERS

The Summer School is organised by the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust in association with Drawing Matter, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Kingston School of Art, Queens University Belfast and Bruton School for Girls.

2018 Architectural Drawing Summer School

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Bushra Mohamed of Kingston University introduces students to the drawings archives at Drawing Matter in Somerset, as part of our 2017 summer school. 

A-level teachers are invited to nominate students for our second architectural drawing summer school, to be held in Somerset from 25-30 August 2018.

The inaugural school in 2017 – covered in this short film –  was widely praised by students as providing valuable insight into architecture as a university subject. This year we are expanding the programme, making it available to more students in Year 1 or 2 of their A-levels.

The summer school is organised in association with Drawing Matter, Hauser and Wirth Somerset, Kingston University, Queen’s University Belfast, Reading University and Bruton School for Girls. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston University and an award-winning architect, with a team of tutors and experts from each of the universities.

We are looking for intelligent and communicative young people with a keen interest in the visual environment, an inquisitive attitude and a positive approach to learning. Our intention is to give them an opportunity, at what could be a pivotal point in their intellectual development, to gain an understanding from professionals about the built world around them.

The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is by no means a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

Successful applicants will receive bed and board in the facilities of Bruton School for Girls and will work in the town of Bruton, liaising intensively with educational facilities and staff in the Hauser and Wirth Gallery. During the week students will be exposed to conversations and exercises set by many of the leading thinkers in architectural education today.

If you would like to nominate a pupil from your school, please email architecturesummerschool@gmail.com by 5pm on 14 May 2018 (The subject line to be ‘Application 2018 / Student’s Name / School Name’).

Please include:

• a PDF attachment with a brief (200 words maximum) statement from the pupil saying why he or she would like to attend the summer school.

• 4-8 images in PDF or JPEG format of some of the student’s work – this can be in the form of sketches, drawings, models, paintings etc.

There is likely to be considerable competition for the thirty places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made to nominators by 31 May 2018 and will be conditional on parental consent. Nominators of pupils attending the summer school will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, on 30 August.

If you have any questions, please email Professor Clancy at a.clancy@kingston.ac.uk and he will be happy to help.

Architectural Drawing Summer School – Open Review Session

Sat 2 Sept 2017, 2 – 4 pm

This Summer the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, with Kingston University, is running an Architectural Drawing Summer School for A-Level students, in association with Drawing Matter. This one-week course will focus on architectural sketching and drawing, offering students a defining experience at a crucial point in their intellectual and personal development, and creating opportunities for pupils who might otherwise lack them.

The Summer School is based at Shatwell Farm, home of the Drawing Matter Trust, and at Wells Cathedral School. At the end of the week, Hauser & Wirth Somerset will be hosting an Open Review where visitors will have the chance to view the work that has been produced and meet the students and staff to explore their drawings and discuss their experiences.

The Open Review will take place in the Implement Shed at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and refreshments will be served.

This is a free event, no booking necessary. https://www.hauserwirthsomerset.com/events/open-review2017

2017 Architectural Drawing Summer School: call for students

SOMERSET 26 AUG-2 SEPT 2017
The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust is running an architectural drawing summer school in Somerset from 26 August to 2 September 2017.

We are delighted that our academic partners for this event will be Kingston University (http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/al/), winners of the 2017 Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence. Expert tuition will be led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston, and will be based largely at the Drawing Matter Trust near Bruton (www.drawingmatter.org), which will provide special access to its unique and extensive archive of architectural drawings.

We are keen to make this opportunity available as widely as possible and would like to hear from students between their first and second year of A Levels this coming summer who wish to be considered for a place. There is no charge to students and board and lodging will be provided free at Wells Cathedral School.

Our intention is to provide an opportunity to gain insights from professionals about how we see, how we record what we see and how we use what we see when we make things. The opportunity may particularly suit young people who are thinking about a career in architecture or the built environment, or who have shown aptitude in those directions, but that is not a requirement: we expect the skills learnt at the summer school to be fully transferable.

If you would like to be considered for a place, please email or dropbox Robert Bargery, Executive Director of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, at director@rfact.uk by 5pm on Thursday 11 May 2017. Please include:

  • a brief (200 words maximum) statement saying why you would like to attend
  • a scanned sample of your work, in the form either of written work (up to 1000 words) or artwork. Work does not need to have been done for this purpose or be related to architecture, but should help demonstrate your suitability for the summer school.

Please note that there will be competition for the fifteen places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made on 19 May 2017 and will be conditional on parental consent where necessary. Students attending the summer school will be invited to a concluding exhibition and lunch at the Hauser & Wirth contemporary arts centre, Bruton, on 2 September.

Questions and further information: Robert Bargery, director@rfact.uk