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Facilitator: Emma Leyfield
Many of us aspire to keep a regular sketchbook, journal or diary, but it’s deceptively hard to get started, let alone stick to it. This workshop is an opportunity to put you blank-page nerves aside and go out painting in the gardens at Hawkwood. You will spend the day drawing onsite, experimenting with materials and creating a response to the spring at Hawkwood.
Suitable for beginners who are open to the challenges involved with learning a new skill while inspired to draw and record the world around them, or advance students looking to draw from life.
Event time: Sat 13th Apr 2024 at 9:30am - Sat 13th Apr 2024 at 4:00pm
Guidance and tuition on drawing will be available for those who want it, while advanced students will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas. All will start their own sketchbook and come away with the confidence and inspiration needed to establish a lasting habit.
In the morning, Emma will provide you with an introduction to sketchbooking with watercolours. You will then explore the grounds at Hawkwood, sketching outside and focusing on the walled gardens and spring bulbs in the orchard.
After lunch, we will finish the day by collecting found objects – egg shells and seasonal plants – to illustrate. This is also a great time to dip into garden journaling for those green fingered students, so there’s an alternative option to sketch seeds and seed packets for your spring sowings and record them in your pocket sketchbook.
Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts. Our programme of courses is led by experienced tutors and leaders in their fields.
During your healing day workshop, you will get to enjoy fresh, delicious home-cooked lunches and all refreshments! Our food is prepared daily with love and care by our experienced in-house kitchen team here at Hawkwood.
Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns
All materials are included in this class. Provided for use on the day are: Watercolours, Brushes, Pens, Pencils, and Charcoal. You're welcome to bring any other materials with you that you'd like to experiment with, provided that they're suitable for small scale sketchbook work (oil paints would not be suitable, for example). You'll each be provided with an A5 watercolour sketchbook to take home. Please note that as elements of this course will be taking place outside you may wish to bring warm, weather proof clothes and comfortable footwear.
Course begins at 9:30am, you're welcome to arrive from 9:15am. The course will finish with tea and cake at 4pm.
Specialising in observational watercolours, Emma is passionate about traditional methods of drawing that are being lost as digital art takes the stage. This is visible in her work, which is inspired by the illustrators of the Golden age and is often referred to as nostalgic; reminding the viewer of their childhood. This impression is emphasised by the subjects she choses, which capture the wonder and curiosity of the world around her, with particular focus on British plants and wildlife.Visit Tutor's Website