Elements Of Art

Art |
13th January 2020

13 Jan – 23 Mar | 10-12.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £160 (10 weeks)

Immerse yourself in the natural world finding inspiration at the beautiful location of Footprint, Windermere. This course introduces mixed media, combining painting with gouache and water-soluble drawing media, focussing on winter landscape subjects and links with the previous drawing course as a development.

There will be an opportunity to go out and about to draw and paint directly from nature in the wooded grounds, though this will be limited by the weather. We will also work from collected materials for study indoors and photos.

Important Information
Please note there are no classes on the following dates:
Autumn term: 21 to 25 October
Spring term: 17 to 21 February 2020

For most of the time, we will be indoors. Generally, the sessions will start in the warmth of the Footprint building with a log fire. If weather permits we will go out to continue working on a specific topic though this may only be for a short time. There are inspiring subjects just a few feet away from the building. With the focus on colour, we will consider –

  • Colour theory – how to create muted colours and vibrant darks
  • Techniques with gouache paint
  • Drawing with water soluble drawing materials
  • Working with mixed media

Your tutor will guide and support you throughout the course using demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts. Participants are encouraged to experiment with the emphasis very much on individual practical experience. There will be opportunities to discuss results individually and in the group.

What do I need to bring with me?

Materials –
For the first week, we will be drawing using water-soluble drawing media. We will start indoors and if the weather is fine will go outside later.

  • Water soluble crayons -Inktense blocks or Caran D’Ache
  • Watersoluble graphite stick (can be purchased from the tutor)
  • Soft brush
  • Water pot (yoghurt pot is ideal)
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cartridge paper, A3 size. A reasonable heavy duty quality is good to take water washes
  • Sketchbook – it’s not necessary, but it would be good to have a sketchbook to record ideas and references to work with later or just to keep as a record.
  • Masking tape
  • Board / thick card to rest paper on. (look for the hardboard backs in old frames) .
  • Camera – phone camera is fine.
  • Something to sit on such as a lightweight Cushion, or folding chair
  • A rucksack or bag
  • Please also be prepared for the weather, so some sturdy shoes and layers to keep warm, waterproofs will be needed or if it’s sunny.

Keep things light for when we go outside as you will be carrying materials!

The aim is to be outside for some of the sessions so please be prepared for this.
We will be walking around Footprint and this will include uphill sections and uneven paths, which may be difficult for those with limited mobility. Please contact the office to discuss any concerns about mobility.

The Tutor will advise further on materials at the first class.

Tea and coffee is provided.

Are there any additional costs?


Location and Access

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. Please visit the following link for more information about this unique eco building, the first straw bale building in Cumbria https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/footprint

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

How to get here

Address: Footprint Building, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NH

Please contact the Adult Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email kate.lund@breweryarts.co.uk

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 www.Karenlester.com

Image: Karen Lester

Karen Lester


13th January 2020

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