The last of the drawing workshops with Marcia Teusink on Deal Pier


Bright sunshine and almost no wind on Deal Pier warmed the participants of Marcia Teusinks’s last drawing workshop of her CHALKUP21 series on September 29th 2018. It is the building at the end of the pier designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects and commissioned by Dover District Council in 2008 that is on the CHALKUP21 Art & Architecture trail.

The Deal Pier cafe building at the end of the 1950’s pier is a bare bones structure. It has a pared down, matter-of–fact quality where nothing is superfluous. It could be compared to the ribcage of a ship. The anglers, walkers and day-trippers come and go, bringing a dash of life and colour to the scene but you always sense that the structure will be swept clean and returned to the sea and the weather. This gives it a timeless quality. Its romance is closely linked to its ordinariness. – Níall McLaughlin Architects

Niall McLaughlin’s cafe structure at the end of Deal Pier served as inspiration for drawings exploring form, angles and unusual perspectives. From afar, the building looks deceptively simple, but up close, putting pencil to paper, the drawers realised how complex and beautifully put together the structure is. We started out making observational drawings to get to know the building, using one point perspective, transparent grids and negative space as guides. Then we gradually worked into more individual explorations of pattern, textures, materials and details–this time using different tones of chalk to build up layers and atmosphere. After lunch we moved into the cafe, where we could see the amazing sea views framed by Mac Laughlin’s wonderfully open windows. Using mixed media drawings by Renzo Piano as jumping off points, participants used their research from the morning to further explore some aspect of the building that intrigued them, from the play of shadows through the wood planks to the movement of bodies around the pier. As usual, it was a talented and open-minded group of artists who came up with amazing observations and drawings. – Marcia Teusink

The workshops have identified considerable talent and a really diverse and interesting group  has been developing through the series to which the exhibition at Samphire Hoe during September witnessed attracting much interest and praise.

Thank you… The two days that I took a part in were wonderful.. Thank you so much

Joanna, Clare & Marcia, I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for putting together such a complex and in my opinion valuable project promoting our wonderful coastline and the surrounding area. As a participant in the project I greatly enjoyed the drawing workshops, the camaraderie and the creative stimulus of the sessions. As a local resident I am now much more aware (and appreciative!) of the architecture of the ‘White Cliffs’ coastline. The exhibition at Samphire Hoe was, I felt of a very high standard and I was delighted to be invited to participate. Once again thank you very much for your hard work and vision.

Hello Joanna, Marcia and Clare.  We have just returned from a lovely day out, visiting the exhibition on its final day, and lunch in Hythe Bay Restaurant – just perfect!  What a superb exhibition you have staged – so rich and varied in approaches, showing just how differently we all interpret things around us – such a lively and refreshing show.   It was wonderfully presented and the utter simplicity of the hanging methods seemed to enhance the works – much to think about! I loved the constantly changing images on the small screen, it really showed the story of CHALKUP21.  I’m so pleased to have been part of it. Well done DAD!