Sketchbooking Your Environment

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Sat 10Sep

Experiment with materials and respond to space

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. This workshop is a day where you can put your inhibitions, distractions and procrastination aside to start your sketchbook. You will spend the day drawing and painting onsite, experimenting with materials and creating a response to the space 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. 

Event time: Sat 10th Sep 2022 at 9:30am - Sat 10th Sep 2022 at 4:00pm

At a Glance

  • Start your journey with sketchbooking
  • Be inspired by your surroundings
  • Drawing and painting techniques with expert guidance
  • Suitable for beginners

Participants Will Gain

  • Skills, techniques and encouragement to continue your sketchbooking habit
  • Dedicated time and space to walk and paint your surroundings
  • A watercolour sketchbook to take home and fill the pages of

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, collecting things to draw and begin painting your autumnal finds.

After lunch you will be back outside, and sketch in the grounds. You will finish the day by illustrating your experience and practice reportage and travel drawing.


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.

What Is Included

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.

Additional Activities

  • 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

Price Options

£95 Day Course


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Practical Information

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 pink pig 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.

Emma Leyfield

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.

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