Richard's teaching ethos
Richard has been teaching at graduate and post graduate levels for 37 years. He is particularly experienced in releasing creativity and the imagination; establishing and deepening an understanding of colour; facilitating empathy for appropriate materials; enlarging drawing and printmaking skills to challenge convention; exploring hybrids of digital and analogue print techniques; and inspiring fluency in the six visual languages.
My colour research started whilst trying to help students at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Everything I have made since 1998 has become part of this quest. I make my own paints and inks using pure pigments. I have written a series of talks and workshops to equip students to become literate in colour. For the artist, colour is a material, an actual substance – it is physical paint. When engaging with the physicality of paint, an alchemy takes place, and we can make equivalents for emotions and memories. Colour is much more than what we see – it can also be a translation of what we feel. I have produced my own hand-crafted colour box, a teaching tool to give artists a vocabulary. This Colour Grammar gives any art student confidence to express their ideas. From this solid foundation, the student can express what is in their imagination.
Richard teaches using these three simultaneous processes:
- Structured studio instruction where students learn defined artistic concepts, the six visual languages (line, shape, space, movement, tone, and colour), material culture, technical skills, and confidence with both digital and analogue techniques.
- Space and time for spontaneous play where students reflect and use their imagination to make work in the studio, on the screen, or in the print room.
- Presence of staff for continuous feedback (written and verbal), enabling each student to work through their individual journey.
2020 onwards: Subject Leader for BA (Hons) Painting, Drawing and Printmaking, and Senior Lecturer for MA Painting, MA Drawing and MA Printmaking
Arts University Plymouth, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AT
2021 onwards: External Examiner, University of Chichester, for BA (Hons) in Fine Art, Fine Art with Sculpture, Fine Art with Printmaking, Fine Art with Textiles, and Fine Art with Painting and Drawing
2014-2020: Programme Leader, Drawing and Print BA (Hons), University of the West of England, Bristol
2005-2013: Senior Lecturer, Drawing and Applied Arts BA (Hons), University of the West of England, Bristol
2003-2005: Visiting Lecturer, Foundation, and Drawing and Applied Arts BA (Hons), University of the West of England, Bristol
2003-2005: Visiting Tutor, postgraduate courses at The Royal Drawing School, London
1995-1997: Visiting Lecturer, Fine Art BA (Hons), University of the West of England, Bristol
1995-2013: Established and directed Colour in the Cotswolds with Tessa Webb
1989-2005: Visiting Tutor, Fine Art BA (Hons) and Summer School, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London
1987-95: Visiting Tutor, Foundation, Byam Shaw School of Art, London
1986-87: Painting and Teaching Fellowship, Cheltenham School of Art, Gloucestershire