Art Outdoors: Drawing And Printmaking

Art |
15th July 2019

10am-4pm | with Karen Lester | £59

A day for those who love nature and would like to spend the day drawing and printmaking in beautiful surroundings at the National Trust’s Footprint building near Windermere.

Starting with sketching outdoors with direct observation of nature, develop these sketches into prints using drypoint techniques.

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
Explore outdoors and make drawings in the morning with the emphasis on using line to describe shapes and forms. In the afternoon these drawings will be used to create prints from Perspex sheet and using simple tools to scratch lines. You will be shown how to ink the plate and print through the press. Create an edition of prints from your original line drawing.

What do I need to bring with me?

For the drawing please bring:

  • Pencil (from the soft B range)
  • Rubber and sharpener
  • Cartridge paper – loose sheets or a sketchbook. You will need a board to lean on if you have sheets of paper and a clip or tape to use to secure the paper to the board.
  • Willow charcoal

All materials for the printmaking including paper will be provided but please bring an apron or old shirt as printmaking can be messy.

What to wear
For the outdoors, dress for the weather and bring layers. It can be cool in the woodlands even on a warm day. Comfortable walking shoes and wet weather gear, including an umbrella are advisable. A rucksack or bag to carry materials will be useful.

Please bring a lightweight chair, stool or cushion to sit on outside. Remember to keep things light to carry.

Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided

Are there any additional costs?

This course takes place at Footprint, St Catherine’s Woodland, Windermere, a National Trust property. Participants do not need to be National Trust members to attend.

There is a small car park and free parking is available while on the course but do consider car sharing or public transport: to get here

Address: Footprint Building, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NH
During the day you will be exploring the woodlands near the Footprint building on the St Catherine’s estate. Please ensure you have the correct footwear as paths can be uneven and a little steep in places. If you have any concerns please contact Kate Lund, Creative Learning and Visual Arts Manager who will be happy to advise.

About the tutor 
Karen enjoys working with a range of painting and drawing media, including printmaking, sometimes combining these to create mixed media images. Each type of medium brings its own exciting possibilities and unique qualities, something she continually explores.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. She finds the quality of marks made in the process of printmaking particularly fascinating and has produced prints using a variety of techniques.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Cumbria and Lancashire over the last 25 years and she has been involved with projects including Printfest and C-Art and runs occasional print workshops for the National Trust at Allan Bank, Grasmere as well as for private groups.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011

Karen Lester


15th July 2019

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