Sketching in the Garden

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sketching in the garden
Fri 14Aug
Sat 15Aug

Facilitator: Alison Vickery

Demonstrations and drawing exercises in Hawkwood’s beautiful gardens will inspire you to enjoy your sketchbook! You will be shown how to sketch using a range of drawing materials and watercolour and given guidance on the wide range of sketchbooks available.

Please note that own art materials are required for the course, to see the list click here

Event time: Fri 14th Aug 2020 at 9:30am - Sat 15th Aug 2020 at 5:00pm

At a glance

  • Spend two days exploring the gardens of Hawkwood
  • Hone your drawing skills with different media and techniques

What will participants gain

  • Become more comfortable in translating the beauty of nature onto paper
  • A deeper knowledge of how to sketch using a range of drawing materials including watercolour
  • Ideas and skills for keeping and working in a sketchbook

During this two day, non-residential course we will explore the beautiful Hawkwood grounds.

Day one will begin with learning observational skills and drawing using a range of media. From pencils and rubbers to sticks and found pieces, we will develop our mark-making, enabling you to capture the character and essence of your subject.

On the second day, we begin by exploring our work with watercolour. You will learn techniques which will make the most of this beautiful medium, bringing spontaneity and freshness to your sketches.

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£130 Non-Residential


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Practical Information

Please note that own art materials are required for the course to see the list, click on the link on course summary above.

Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Tea & coffee will be provided.

As we hope this workshop will be held outdoors, please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You may wish to bring something to sit on e.g. sheepskin, rug etc. 

Registration from 9.00am-9:30am

Alison Vickery

Alison studied graphic design and illustration in London in the 80's, followed by a successful career in design, illustration, and advertising. Since 1994 Alison has concentrated on her passion for drawing and painting and went freelance as an artist. She has worked on both private and commercial commissions for, amongst others, The National Trust and John Lewis. Many of Alison’s paintings and designs are published under licence as stationery, on china and textiles. Her work sells Worldwide and is permanently exhibited in a number of galleries and is in many private collections.

Alison works in a wide range of media creating lively paintings which capture the essence of her subject. The focus of her process as an artist is drawing and mark making. All her work starts with a response to her subject, often in one of her many sketch books which she is seldom without, and many hours spent sketching out in the landscape.

Light and colour dominate Alison's work and she is inspired by the beautiful natural world around us. The Cotswolds, where she now lives, the coast, and scenes from travels near and far are particular favourites.

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"I learned so much and tried lots of different techniques. Alison is a great teacher."

"Hawkwood lends itself very well to painting outside"

"Very good teacher – lots of information and ideas "