A sense of place – Catching the Moment in Pen and Wash, Colour and Word with Sue Lewington
This is a two-day sketchbook workshop will combine some time sketching outside in the grounds of The Coach House if weather permits, along with time in the studio. The first day Sue will start with a chat about aims and the way you will approach recording our feelings as well as our surroundings. She will then commence with a demonstration in the studio where she will discuss planning composition and capturing the essence of the subject matter with sketching and fineliner. Sue will show you different techniques, and you will be guided through how to use watercolour to add depth and life to a study. You will then experiment with some quick drawing exercises before you set out to find a spot outside close to the studio to sketch in your sketchbooks. After lunch will be another demo, and the chance to find another spot to paint in. Sue will circulate around providing support and advice to students. Day two will follow a similar format with demo’s and outside sketchbook work (weather permitting!). Towards the end of the day, students will gather back in the studio to show work (not compulsory) and have a summing up.
This is a great time to experiment as you learn about colour mixing, wet on wet, layering, dry brush work and how to use watercolour freely in combination with pen and pencil.
You will leave the workshop with an insight into pen and wash painting, and some finished sketchbook pages.
If the weather is poor, this workshop will be studio based, sketching from photos.
PLEASE BRING SOME GOOD QUALITY PHOTOS OF FAVOURITE PLACES/ APPEALING VISTAS (USEFUL TO HAVE DIFFERENT ANGLES AND SOME CLOSE-UP IMAGES) – PRINTED PHOTOS NOT JUST ON SCREEN PLEASE
- Please bring an A5 watercolour sketchbook and an A6 cartridge notebook – both these hard covered if possible (Moleskine or similar)
- A watercolour kit (something easy to take out and about)
- An old cloth
- A water pot
- A fineliner drawing pen – Unipin or similar (waterproòf) size 01 or 02
- A couple of soft pencils or graphite sticks 4B or softer
- An eraser
- Sun cream and a sun hat if hot
PLEASE BRING SOME GOOD QUALITY PHOTOS OF FAVOURITE PLACES/ APPEALING VISTAS (USEFUL TO HAVE DIFFERENT ANGLES AND SOME CLOSE UP IMAGES) – PRINTED PHOTOS NOT JUST ON SCREEN PLEASE
Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.
On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.
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