Explore… Winter Landscapes

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Explore Winter Landscapes | Sat 26 Feb | 10-4pm | £65 (includes tea/coffee) | 16+ | Tutor Karen Lester | Footprint building and woodland at National Trust St Catherine’s Estate, near Windermere

Spend the day in the beautiful setting of Footprint, Windermere to explore the colours of the winter landscape. Explore Winter Landscapes workshop shows you how to use mixed media to respond to the landscape through drawing and painting.

What will the workshop cover and how will it be taught?
We aim to go outdoors to observe and sketch as well as work indoors developing winter landscape themes with a focus on colour.

Explore the possibilities of mixing media. This approach allows drawing and painting to develop colour and marks. Using water-based paint and a mixture of drawing materials such as charcoal, inktense and pastel you will be encouraged to work loosely to create dynamic art work.

This is a chance to develop your own personal response to the landscape. The emphasis is on practical individual experience with support and guidance from your tutor, throughout, with demonstration, exercises and discussion.

Who is it suitable for?
All levels – ideal for those with some experience who wish to develop a more responsive approach to landscape or for beginners to drawing and painting.

The aim is to be outside for some of the time 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 Creative Learning Manager to discuss any access requirements: kate.lund@breweryarts.co.uk

What do I need to bring?

  • Charcoal, water-soluble graphite and cartridge paper will be provided but please bring the following materials:
  • Paint – We will be using gouache paint. A yellow, red, blue and white. Suggested minimum colours -French Ultramarine, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, White, Cadmium yellow
  • Brushes- bring a selection with at least one large size
  • Paper – a few sheets of some heavyweight paper such as smooth watercolour or heavier cartridge
  • Pots for water – Eg yoghurt pots
  • Palette- to mix paints on – an old plastic tray or lid will work
  • Board – to rest the paper on. It could be the back of an old picture or strong cardboard
  • Tape – for the board
  • Drawing materials – bring what you have! A mixture of water-soluble blocks/pencils and soft pastels/pastel pencils. A few landscape colours relating to yellow, red and blue and a dark colour. Suggested Watersoluble materials – Inktense, artgraf or caran d’ache
  • Kitchen roll

For outdoors please bring

  • A stool, folding chair or cushion for outdoor work
  • A change of footwear for outdoors
  • Rucksack or bag
  • Please also be prepared for the weather, so some sturdy shoes and layers to keep warm, waterproofs for wet weather, hats, scarves etc.

Bear in mind you will be carrying equipment. Travel light!
Tea and coffee are included, please bring a packed lunch,

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

A small car park is available and the site is a 20-minute walk from Windermere train station.
Address: Footprint Building, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NH

Are there any additional costs?

About the tutor
Karen works across media, painting, drawing and printmaking, selecting media to respond to a variety of reference sources, particularly those found in the landscape, natural and man-made.

Excited by the creation of colour in her paintings, she also finds the quality of the marks produced in printmaking particularly fascinating. Experiencing ‘the reveal’ is one of the joys of working with printmaking processes.

Her interest in Printmaking developed at Kendal College whilst completing a Foundation Degree in Drawing with the University of Cumbria. A recent project, a commission by Lancaster University and focussing on Morecambe Bay is a series of images using a variety of printmaking techniques.

She continually seeks to develop her art practice through exploration of the wonderful qualities of different media, often combining materials to create mixed media images.

Karen is an experienced qualified teacher and has been teaching in the adult education sector since 2011. She is also a Member of Cumbria Printmakers and Green Door artists’ collective.

Karen Lester






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