John and Grete McNorton have established DRAWinternational as a
centre of research for postgraduate art and design education and
professional practice at their home and studios based at 8 rue du chateau, 82160 Caylus, France.
John was Head of Centre for Art and Design Education and taught
theoretical and two-dimensional studies on MA courses in Education,
Ceramics and Fine Art at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff,
He also taught at the Royal College of Art, London and now runs
the centre in France while continuing to visit other universities
and institutions in the UK and Europe.
His PhD at the Royal College of Art was entitled: ‘Choreography
of Drawing- the consciousness of the body in the space of a drawing’,
(2003). He continues to explore these ideas through personal work
and structured courses designed to enhance theoretical and practical
skills in creative drawing action.
Grete has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (sculpture) and is a qualified
art and design teacher. She has worked as an artist, teacher and
administrator in both France and the UK. Grete set up and ran a
contemporary gallery /studio in Cornwall, promoting exhibitions,
art and craft workshops and life drawing. She worked as an artist/sculptor
in Paris for six years and then returned to the UK to teach art
and design in South Wales. Grete is currently professeur d'arts plastiques at the municipal drawing and painting school in Montauban, Tarn et Garonne.
Her sculptures represent visual and perceptual traces of memory
that are established or reaffirmed during the process of making,
serving as renewable and re-locatable entities in their own right,
encompassing drawing, mono-print and painting.