From Bridge To Bridge: Sketching Kendal’s Riverfront

Creative Learning |
26th June 2018

26 June (Day 2)  | Tuesday | 10am – 4pm | Lynda Gray | £55 | Max 10 people

If you would like to book the 19th of June (Day 1) sketching day as well, the total cost of both days is £100.

About the course:

Improve your sketching skills along Kendal’s riverfront.

Spend the mornings drawing on location, working on composition, simple sighting techniques and line quality. Studio time in the afternoon will be for exploring and developing watercolour techniques.

Day 1 will focus on the area around Nether Bridge and Abbot Hall. Day 2 will focus on Miller Bridge and Canal Head. Plans may change with the weather.

What will I need to bring with me? Any additional costs?

Lightweight stool (optional but recommended)

Single sheets of A5/A4 watercolour paper (NOT or hot pressed) with a lightweight board for support.

Pens – bring your favourite pens. A minimum selection might be 3 waterproof fibre tip pigment liners – 0.1/0.3/0.5. Fountain pens are good for drawing with. For line and wash techniques waterproof ink is best. If you want to experiment with water soluble ink that’s fine.

Watercolour Paints – bring what you have. No special palette required.


Selection of brushes – again bring what you have, minimum of one medium brush for washes and smaller brush for detail.

Small sponge

Masking tape – optional but can be useful.

Please come prepared to walk and carry your sketching kit. Check the weather forecast beforehand – it might be sunglasses or waterproofs! We have use of the Brewery Art room so if the weather is poor that will be our base. Lynda will be in touch with participants via email before the day to confirm a meeting point.

More details about what the course covers:

There will be lots of ideas for developing your sketching, demonstrations of both line and wash techniques, individual tuition and opportunities to share work.

By the end of the session you will:

  1. Gain confidence in sketching in public spaces.
  2. Learn how to see first, sketch second.
  3. Be more selective with compositions, leaving out what is not important.
  4. Develop line quality
  5. Improve simple sighting techniques to help with perspective.

Experiment with a range of watercolour techniques.

Access and facilities:

Most of the Brewery is accessible for those who consider themselves to have a disability. There is a lift to all floors within the main building and adapted toilets. On occasion classes may take place in Room 14, with access via stairs only.  Please contact the Adult Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email


26th June 2018

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