Drawing in the winter light is a very special experience, with the low sun casting long shadows, exaggerating and distorting forms. In this workshop we will draw with charcoal using only natural light, into near dusk, when the edges of things start to dissolve and the space feels mysterious and magical. 

Inspired by the deeply atmospheric interior of West Horsley Place you will be led through simple mindfulness meditation exercises to awaken the senses and feel more present to the moment. From this relaxed state of being you will practice drawing in response to the changing light, using charcoal, a rag, and a rubber (eraser). 

Making quick studies as a warm up as well as one or 2 longer drawings, you may choose to focus on any aspect of the interior including the shapes and shadows of objects and furniture, the patterns and details of fabrics, and other details. 

You will be guided through exercises to help you find your own expressive language of marks, making the most of charcoal’s versatility particularly when drawing light and shade. 

You will end the day feeling more connected to your creative self, with several drawings evocative of the time and place, and a general feeling of well-being, as Katie’s approach to drawing is always through meditation and relaxation. Suitable for all. All materials provided. Come prepared to get your hands dirty! 

Katie Sollohub

Katie’s work has been selected for the Discerning Eye, Lynne Painter Stainers Prize, Royal Academy Summer show, Jerwood Drawing Prize. In 2020 she was awarded 1st prize in the Derwent Drawing Prize for The Blue Bedroom (a work she created at West Horsley Place), selected for Wells Contemporary and Broadway Arts Exhibition, and Glyndebourne Festival Exhibition.

"Teaching is a chance to share my enthusiasm for looking, experimenting, discovering. Drawing and painting is a process to be explored. Be curious, and find your own way of seeing. I am fascinated by interior spaces: my own home and studio, other people's homes. Starting with observation of space, light, line and colour, I am drawn into memory, stories and personal experience."

Important Information

Ticket cost: £90
All materials will be provided
No experience required
Suitable for ages 16+, those under 18 must be accompanied. 

The workshop will take place in the manor house 

Tea/coffee break included. Lunch break- students asked to bring their own packed lunch. 

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