23 Sep – 2 Dec | 10-12.30pm | Tutor Karen Lester | £160
Immerse yourself in the natural world finding inspiration at the beautiful location of Footprint, on the National Trust’s St Catherine’s Estate near Windermere. Explore autumnal themes of nature through drawing, developing observational skills. Start to really see the beauty of natural forms in the woodlands, becks and fells in this perfect setting.
What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?
We go out and about to draw directly from nature in the wooded grounds as well as from collected materials for study indoors. Photographic references will also be used to work from.
Initially working in pencil you will consider key elements of line and tone. The focus will be on more formal approaches to developing skills to record what you see.
You will study
• Proportions and relative size using your pencil as an aid for measuring
• Tone to define edges, shape and form – shading techniques
• Negative spaces – the shapes around the subject
• Exercises to focus on observation
• Perspective in the landscape
Following this you will explore further approaches to drawing focussing more on a response to the landscape through exercises and experimenting with different media; watersoluble drawing materials, chalk, coloured paper, and simple printmaking techniques such as monoprinting.
There will be exercises to support development of observational drawing skills as well as working towards finished pieces.
The emphasis is very much on practical individual experience with tutor led demonstrations, discussion, example work and handouts which will support and guide you throughout.
Please note there are no classes on the following dates:
Autumn term: 21st to 25th October
What do I need to bring with me?
Most materials such as paper, drawing equipment and drawing boards will be provided but you may want to bring the following:
• Sketchbook – it’s not necessary, but it would be good to have a sketch book to record ideas and references to work with later or just to keep as a record.
• Rubber and sharpener.
• Camera – (phone camera is fine) useful to enable to work on drawings later
• 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 its sunny, suncream may be required!
Keep things light 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 Brewery to discuss any concerns about mobility.
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:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/footprint#How to get here
Address: Footprint Building, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NH
Please contact the Creative Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email email@example.com
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.
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