Archaeological Illustration

Maritime Archaeology course

Venue
Avenue Campus, Southampton University

Saturday 19th February 2022

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Get an introduction to the theory and technique of completing archaeological illustrations using real artefacts recently raised and conserved from HMS Invincible. You’ll learn the basic skills necessary to produce archaeological illustrations of pottery and small finds. Then you'll be ready to illustrate real artefacts, such as from HMS Invincible, when social distancing restrictions are lifted!

Come and get an understanding of the difference between a drawing and an archaeological illustration. Using real artefacts, you will learn how to set up an artefact for an archaeological drawing and then how to draw it. Presentations will be combined with set illustration tasks to provide an interactive and practical experience. Under expert guidance, you will produce an illustration of an item of pottery and a small find made of wood, metal or leather.

By completing this course using real artefacts, you will get an introduction to the illustration skills that can then be applied to other archaeological artefacts. This course is part of a series of training events to create a team of volunteers to illustrate the hundreds of artefacts recently raised from HMS Invincible. You will have the opportunity to practice your new skills on the Sunday or at future volunteer illustration sessions at Southampton University or the HMS Invincible conservation lab in Poole, Dorset.

Please note - NO ARTISTIC SKILL REQUIRED!

WHO'S THE TUTOR
The expert tutor will be Mark Hoyle BA(hon);P.G.C.E.;MAAIS; MIfA a field archaeologist and archaeological illustrator with 27 years experience. He is currently a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists - Graphics Archaeology Group (CIfA). Mark has a background in teaching and has run many successful archaeological illustration courses for  the general public and specialist groups and this is the third course he has run for NAS! See some of his work at http://www.markhoyle.com/

Dan Pascoe is a maritime archaeologist, director of Pascoe Archaeology and licencee of the HMS Invincible wreck. He will give a special presentation about HMS Invincible and the artefacts that will be available for archaeological illustration, when social distancing restrictions are lifted.

WHO'S IT FOR?
This course is for anyone interested in this traditional method of recording artefacts that is still relevant today. Divers, beachcombers, and avocational archaeologists will find this course interesting as it will teach them that through the detailed observations required for an archaeological illustration, more information can be gleaned from an artefact that might not be observed during rapid photographic recording techniques. People wishing to include the still-essential line illustrations of artefacts in publications will find this course useful as they will learn how to create these figures themselves. 

NAS members will earn 5 credits per day towards their Certificate or Award.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THE COURSE
 
Blank A4 paper - although gridded paper is better
 Pencils - any will do but technical or HB pencils are best
 Ruler - a straight one with mm accuracy
 Rotring Pens - recommendation is for Rotring 1904812 Tikky Graphic Fineliner set of 3 pens (0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.7mm)
 Profile gauge - recommendation is for a metal profile gauge

Contact [email protected] if you need assistance with obtaining any of this equipment.

COSTS
 
NAS members £100
 Southampton University Student £60
 Non-NAS members £140 (although as NAS membership starts at £12, you're better off becoming a member and getting the discount rate immediately!)

PARTICIPANTS WILL COMPLY WITH OUR COVID POLICY WHICH CAN BE READ HERE.

Timetable (provisional and subject to change)

Saturday 19th February 2022

09:00  Arrive and Covid testing

09:30  History and archaeology of HMS Invincible

10:00  Why archaeological illustration still matters

10:30  Theory: Overview of techniques and conventions
 Finds sheets, Pencil testing

11:00  tea break

11:15  Theory: pencil drawing

11:30  Practical: Pencil Drawing Techniques and Practice

13:00   Lunch

13:45  Theory: drawing ceramics, metal, wood, stone, rope and leather 

14:30  Theory: how to ink drawings

15:00  Practical: Completing Drawings - Inking

16:30  Theory: Completing Drawings and Presentation of finished product

17:00  Day end

Sunday 20th September 9am-5pm

Optional day to continue illustration practice