A sociable and friendly course for all abilities led by artist Jane Allison. During the five week course we will aim to fill a sketchbook with drawings and paintings inspired by the beautiful interiors and exteriors of West Horsley Place and its lovely gardens - weather permitting! Students will be encouraged to use different approaches and taught how to use different mediums in order to create a visual diary of 5 Thursdays in May spent in a unique and historic environment.

Students will need to bring their own A5 watercolour sketchbook and basic drawing materials eg. a pencil and a rubber. There will be a selection of other art materials available for people to experiment with, but students will also be welcome to bring their own if they have them.

Jane Allison

Jane Allison trained at Chelsea School of Art and at the Slade school of Fine Art and has since worked primarily as a professional portrait painter. She has painted a wide variety of people from all walks of life , and has completed many official commissions, where the real challenge has been to balance the intrinsic character of the individual with the demands of the position represented. Her most recent portrait is of Professor Dame Carol Robinson, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Other notable sitters include the Duchess of Cornwall in her capacity as Honorary Colonel of the 4th Wiltshire Rifles. John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, Baroness Greenfield and Henry Allingham aged 113 and one of the last veterans of the First World War.

In addition to portraiture Jane also has an intense interest in landscape painting and takes her inspiration mainly from the beautiful countryside surrounding Guildford , where she lives and has a studio. These paintings form a record or a diary of her life and allow for a different form of expression.

Jane has work in many private and public collections including the Queen’s collection at Windsor , the Royal College of Surgeons in both London and Edinburgh , the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons , The Royal Institute ,the Royal Society of Medicine, the University of Surrey and several regiments and public schools. She has also exhibited widely , including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and in the BP Portrait Award as a prize winner.

Important Information

Ticket cost: £100 for  5 club sessions over 5 weeks

Sketch Club every Thursday in September & 3rd October 11am-1pm

Venue: will vary including, gardens, manor house, barn and grounds

16+ (under 18s must be accompanied)

Bring your own materials, you may wish to bring a stick seat or similar for use in the garden.

No experience required

Dress for the weather

Sociable and informal