Inspired By Nature: Drawing And Journal Making

Art & Crafts |

Inspired By Nature: Drawing And Journal Making | Mon 12 Sep to Mon 26 Sep | 10am-12pm | £75 (3 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Karen Lester | Footprint

Discover new ways to record your personal experiences of the natural world in your own created art booklets in this short course. Through a series of explorations, you will create images using a range of drawing media in direct response to your observations in and around the beautiful Footprint and National Trust St Catherine’s estate in Windermere. Gather your images and develop them further into your personal art book of discoveries. 

What will the session cover and how will it be taught?
You will be encouraged to make marks and create textures using drawing materials, and collage, in a series of exploratory exercises. In week two the session focuses on creating art booklets, led by artist Elizabeth Shorrock. You will look at ways in which to record and arrange your artwork using a range of paper booklet formats.   

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. 

Who is it suitable for?
Everyone especially those with an open mind and willingness to experiment! 

What do I need to bring? 

  • Pencils and rubber (Soft sketching pencils from the B range)
  • Coloured water-soluble drawing materials- Caran D’Ache, inktense, pastels
  • A drawing board to rest on
  • Also please bring equipment for going outdoors –  A stool, folding chair or cushion for outdoor work, rucksack or bag and 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!  

Important Information
Some of the time will be spent outdoors and will involve walking on uneven paths and climbing slopes, which could be an issue for those less mobile. Please contact the Creative Learning Team if you wish to discuss any specific needs via email  

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

About the tutors
Karen Lester 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.  

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 enjoys a freer style of painting and drawing as a perfect way to respond to subjects, as well as the excitement of the possibilities of colour. As part of her evolving practice, she continually seeks to develop 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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