Sketching is the capturing of visual inspiration actually carried out in situ. The process is usually brief, completed sometimes in just a few minutes, using a sketchbook, pencil, pen or even watercolour or marker pens and can be classed as an art in itself. It is used for many as an intermediate stage before working up to painting. Once sketches are made, progression into paint can be something you decide later or as soon as you are home or in the studio.


If you are already a painter and wish to develop your seeing and recording skills this workshop will help you. It will also assist in building your confidence to draw outside in public and realise the benefits that sketching can bring to your subsequent work.

If you don't paint but wish to learn to sketch, perhaps as a recreation or to introduce you to drawing, you will benefit from a relaxed day at Westonbirt whilst learning the process of capturing your surroundings on paper.

What will we do on the day

Inside in the morning for about 45 minutes or so whilst the tutor goes through the mechanics of sketching, demonstrating how to proceed with your sketchbook.  During this time, using various references, the artist will learn how to make a fast impression of their subject using their sketch pad and chosen medium. This will encourage ways of approaching the subject recognising the important areas to get down on paper, valuable especially when subjects could be elusive or fleeting. This session the artist will learn how to use drawing as a development of their total technique and as a way of freeing up their visual agility.

The rest of the day will be spent out sketching with reviews at set points and a critique at the end of the day.

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Tutor: Max Hale
Date & Time: Wed 23rd May, 10am - 4pm
Venue:  Westonbirt, New Brewery Arts
REF: W99-18
PRICE:  £90 (includes entrance fee)

Please wear appropriate clothing, if it rains there will be undercover shelter.   

Directions to your room

What you will need: 

· 1 Sketchbook at least A5 or 7x5 inches - A4 or A3 would be better

· 2 x Soft pencils, 4B is good

· Sharpener or knife to sharpen the pencils

·  Putty rubber

·  Drawing pen - .04 .05 nib if you prefer ink

·  Folding stool or seat for outdoor working if required there are a few seats around

· Hat to shield your eyes from sun, sunglasses

· Umbrella or light raincoat in case of rain

The following is at the artists choice Watercolour pans and any necessary painting equipment (no other mediums please)

All abilities welcome


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