The 19th century painter Pissarro was a great believer in the practice of drawing and made over 4000 drawn images in his lifetime. This body of work has been made by students from BA (Hons) Drawing at Falmouth,who are artists at the very beginning of their careers, and it is a privilege to be able to start them off with the rich and varied landscape of Tresco. Students are inspired by the contrasts of scenery and light, by the margins between land and sea, by the sculptural plants in the Abbey Gardens and by the myths and romanticism of the narratives of old Cornwall. Each student arrives with fresh eyes looking for the ‘true character’ of their surroundings. To many it is a daunting task but it is here that they start their journey and learn to ‘draw everything and draw incessantly’, laying down excellent foundations for their future practice.
I would like to express my warm and grateful thanks to Robert and Lucy Dorrien-Smith for their stellar support and encouragement and to Anna Parkes for her patience and professionalism.
Course coordinator and senior lecturer, BA Drawing at Falmouth University