Sketching By The Riverside

Creative Learning |
4th August 2018

Sat 4 Aug | 10am-4pm | with Karen Lester | £59

About the course:

Find inspiration on the riverbank! Explore ways to record water in the landscape using a range of drawing and painting media. The day will combine practical painting and drawing exercises indoors and sketching outdoors on site by the River Kent near Kendal.

What do I need to bring?

The morning will be spent indoors at Sedgwick Village Hall and after lunch we will go to the riverside to work, though if conditions are poor we can return to the village hall.

Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided at the village hall.

For the afternoon dress for the weather! Bring an umbrella if it looks damp. Also bring

something to sit on such as a piece of foam, folding stool, or chair. Sturdy footwear is advised as it can be a little muddy on the paths by the river.

Art Materials –

Drawing –   soft B range pencils and a rubber. Watersoluble graphite pencils

  • watersoluble coloured drawing materials such as pencils and or Inktense blocks or pastels

Paints – watercolours – either small box of pans or some tubes. Minimum of red, blue and yellow colours. Bring acrylic paint if preferred

Water pot (the plastic folding ones are good for carrying)

Cloths or paper towels

Plate /palette to mix paints

Watercolour Brushes –  ( small, medium and large sizes )

Board or piece of cardboard to lean on

Sketch book A4 size minimum (landscape format works well) or sheets of paper

Tape to hold paper in position on board

You are welcome to bring other materials. Try and keep things light to make carrying easier. Watercolour paper and cartridge paper will be available at cost. Please also bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

More info about the course:

We will spend the morning indoors at Sedgwick Village Hall considering ways to capture reflections and record moving water, investigating techniques with watercolour paint, or using acrylic paints if preferred, as well as watersoluble drawing media.  After lunch we venture out to the riverside (weather permitting) to sketch and paint from life, putting theories and techniques into practice and develop ways to use materials effectively.

The emphasis is very much on practical individual experience and your tutor will guide and support you throughout the day.

Meeting point is Sedgwick Village Hall, approx. 4 miles south of Kendal. You will find the village hall located off the main road in Sedgwick down an alleyway between houses.  Please park on the road in the village and walk the short distance to the Hall. Post Code LA8 OJU.

We will be walking along the river bank and those with restricted mobility may like to discuss this further. Please contact the Adult Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email


4th August 2018

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