Dartmoor Magazine: Arts News (March 2010)
Devon Life: For Arts Sake
Green Places: On Location (March 2010)
The Express & Echo (April 2010)
Western Morning News (August 2010)
Western Morning News: Living Devon (July 2010)
What our students say:
Throughout my career as an Art Teacher I have attended many courses in the visual arts. For the third year running this has continued not only to give outstanding educational opportunities but has done it in an atmosphere and environment that means that this week has once again has become the best week of the year for me. It stimulates the mind after a long slog in the classroom, it places one into a stunning location and the friendliness and interaction of all the participants creates a buzz of excitement.
Drawing student 2012
Dartmoor arts allowed me to work with and be mentored by leading figures in the art world. I have been able to bring the work from the course to my fine art degree work and I found the whole Dartmoor Arts so positive and inspiring, I really hope to be on it again next year and I am telling all my friends about how wonderful an experience it is!
Camera as site of the imagination student 2011
I really appreciated the professional assistance from Jerry Tate (architect) and Henry Russell (timber specialist) – I definitely learnt a lot from both of them. Undoubtedly my model making, communication and team working skills have improved as a result of this course, thus enhancing my CV and career prospects.
Personally I thought the course was a great opportunity to work on a full scale model, enabling us to fully understand the benefits, constraints and implications of our design decisions and material choices.
Spatial Structures Student 2012
The social aspects of the course, that is the evening meal and the lectures and concerts afterwards created an extra dimension in that we were able to meet other students in other disciplines and learn a lot from them as well as networking.
Stone Carving 2011
The Dartmoor Arts project delivers a quality of arts training that is second to none in my experience outside the art school environment. As a professional teacher it has proved enormously beneficial in terms of training, networking and confidence building. I have no doubt the students I have worked with benefit from the high level of motivation these courses engender.
Printmaking student 2011
It was the best thing I have done in ages and would love to do it again. I thought it was a very empowering, transforming, hilarious, bonding experience. It was great to find my voice and have that experience of performing live and working with the audience - highly addictive! I thought it was very clever and very thoughtful the way that Stephen and Wilf circled us around our stories, each time taking us deeper into scary territory and then bringing us out again until we were at the point of readiness to perform. Fabulous!
Storytelling student 2011
The week I spent at Dartmoor Arts participating in the Spatial Structures course has been an invaluable experience. The task of designing and building a structure over a single week was absorbing, challenging and exciting. The course was excellently lead by Jerry Tate and there was a lovely atmosphere between everyone involved with the course. It was brilliant to be able to make friends with people at all stages of their degrees and with varied arts/architecture backgrounds, there was lots of interesting conversation. As students, we learned a great deal about design, materials and practical techniques from our tutors. We were also able to teach each other things, as the whole project was based on working collaboratively. The week passed very quickly and I am certain I will come back next year!
Spatial Structures student 2012
It was a fantastic week (much helped by the weather!) and offered everything that I was hoping for and more. Well organized course, excellent tutor who was unstinting with his time, ideas and support for us both as a group and as individuals. For me it was a perfect introduction to painting in oils, technically informative, visually challenging and with a lively dialogue of ideas, established from the start.
The decision to concentrate on one large canvas for 6 days was well considered, as it enabled us to go through the highs and lows of a sustained piece of work, while guided in a sensitive but testing way. This is already serving as a great object lesson in developing ideas in paint.
Painting in the Landscape student 2012
It was an extraordinary,richly creative week. Hilariously funny at times and equally deeply thought-provoking.
Printmaking student 2011