Patrick Letschka is a designer and crafts practitioner with a focus on design and making in wood.
He has a background in patternmaking and wood carving and employs drawing and moving image as methods of visual research. Patrick has collaborated with leading craftspeople and is particularly interested in the making of objects that function within ritual.
Patrick Letschka is area leader for the wood department and visual research in 3D Design & Materials Practice. He runs a small workshop, has collaborated with several leading craftspeople. His work is primarily concerned with researching through moving image and making objects that function within ritual.
Patrick trained initially as a Patternmaker in wood, serving a four year apprenticeship prior to establishing a successful patternmaking business in Mid-Sussex. During this time he also trained with the woodcarver Simon Pierce before going onto study at the University of Brighton. He graduated with a BA(Hons) from the crafts course WMCP and completed a Masters degree in Design, which explored the contemporary meaning behind ecclesiastical furniture through moving image film, in 2005.
As an established craftsperson, his area of expertise lies within the design and making of contemporary ecclesiastical furniture and artefacts, examples of which can be seen within church buildings throughout Sussex and beyond. He is registered with The Chichester Diocese Advisory Committee as a craftsperson. Patrick’s practice also extends to the use of locally sourced green wood, he is a volunteer woodsman for the New England Wood Trust, Cuckfield, Sussex.
Through out his career, drawing has always played an important part in Patrick’s practice. This interest has found its way into his teaching and research activity. He is particularly interested in exploring the common ground between art and medicine and in 2011 he was invited to run drawing workshops at Imperial college London and the Royal Brompton Hospital, introducing medical students to drawing techniques appropriate in balancing awareness and knowledge. He has also introduced an experimental drawing module that specifically focuses on the human body form at the university of Brighton.
Patrick was a Fellow of the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Design (CETLD) at the University of Brighton from 2006. He has an interest in the role of drawing in interdisciplinary educational practice, focusing on craft and medical student learning. Emerging from some of the work carried out under the auspices of the CETLD, Patrick is collaborating with colleagues Philippa Lyon and Tom Ainsworth to investigate the potential of drawing as a collaborative educational tool for craft and medical students.
The ongoing research has opened up a range of issues: how drawing the human form challenges and extends the perceptions of self and other; the nature of observation versus imaginative vision; the impact of drawing exercises on manual dexterity and the potential for drawing to expand and increase the subtlety of communication skills. The next phase aims to clarify and deepen the research by concentrating more exclusively on student accounts of how their learning is influenced by participation in the drawing module. This strong interest in drawing also involved Patrick in co organising the Drawing Research Network conference 2010 hosted by University of Brighton together with Pauline Ridley and Dr Angela Rogers.
Patrick Letschka is the Admissions Tutor and area leader for the Wood Department and Visual Research on the Design and Craft BA. He successfully completed a postgraduate certificate in learning and teaching in 2007 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Lyon, Philippa, Letschka, Patrick, Ainsworth, Thomas and Haq, Inam (2016) Drawing pedagogies in higher education: the learning impact of a collaborative crossdisciplinary drawing course International Journal of Art & Design Education. ISSN 1476-8062
Lyon, Philippa, Letschka, Patrick, Ainsworth, Thomas and Haq, Inam (2013) An exploratory study of the potential learning benefits for medical students in collaborative drawing: creativity, reflection and ‘critical looking’ BMC Medical Education, 13 (1). ISSN 1472-6920
Letschka, Patrick (2011) Hand in hand: the changing relationship between the craft discipline, new technologies and higher education learning and teaching Networks, 13.
Letschka, Patrick (2010) Cross sections [Exhibition]
Letschka, Patrick and Seddon, Jill (2010) ‘See What I’m Saying’: A Case Study in Visual Research, Digital Media and Language In: Cook, B., Reynolds, R. and Speight, C., eds. Museums and design education: looking to learn, learning to see. Ashgate, London, pp. 153-164. ISBN 9780754677130
Zschenderlein, Holger, Barlow, Janet, Letschka, Patrick and Rose, Chris (2009) Arts and Science Research Residency and Work-in-Progress Exhibition of The Breathing City, Ice – Traffic Installation at Lighthouse [Exhibition]
Church Building Magazine, July. Feature article 2006.