A Response to the ChalkUp21 Trail - Marcia Teusink’s Drawing Workshop at The Wing in Capel-le-Ferne

DRAWING WORKSHOP AT THE WING // When we look at architecture, what do we see? And how do we see it in relation to its surroundings?

On Sunday 5 November 2017, artists of all levels of ability enjoyed a drawing workshop led by Marcia Teusink at the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne and were asked to think about these questions. The Wing building, which was designed by Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn is inspired by the shape of a Spitfire and is one of nine buildings and attractions along the trail. Click here to view the full list of structures.

Nineteen participants took part as we explored the grounds and fighter planes that inspired that architecture of the building through observational drawing. The drawers first studied the shapes of the Spitfire and Hurricane, for example noticing the angle of the wings of the Spitfire and the various markings on both aircraft. They also looked close up at the metalwork, the tiny cockpits and the curves of the edges of different parts. This investigation gave them an appreciation of what the architects of The Wing were thinking about when they turned their drawing boards towards the building itself. We heard more about the building and the site from Jules Gomez, manager of The Wing, during a tea break in the cockpit cafe. The final part of the workshop focussed on the incredible view of the sky and the sea that can be seen from The Wing and its grounds, imagining what the dog fights must have looked like and taking inspiration from archival photographs of the amazing contrail patterns left by the paths of the planes as they fought. The group produced amazing and innovative large drawings using charcoal, chalk and graphite on paper. Marcia Teusink