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The Travellers Sketchbook

Tutor Hugh Dunford Wood

Learn how to master the art of keeping a sketchbook when you are out and about or away from home, finding inspiration in the landscape around us.

It is a common sight to see people taking photographs in beautiful places.  They are usually taken quickly and without much thought, before or afterwards – seizing the moment.  This workshop is the antithesis of that attitude.  Nothing is taken, but a drawing or a sketch is made.  The time taken to make the drawing develops an intimate familiarity with the subject, whether it is a grand landscape or the detail of a hedgerow.  In this workshop we will explore some of the rich landscape that surrounds us in the West Country, both looking at the wider context and also the detail of a branch, or a stream or a gate.  This is not botanical illustration, but sketching your surroundings.  And if rain prevents us being outside, we have views through windows, or other people to draw drawing out of a window.

Drawing encourages you to slow down and to live in the moment.  Drawing is a form of storytelling.  Your sketchbook tells your own story.  Your images will make the texture of your memories and you will recall intrinsic details, sounds and smells maybe, or even stray thoughts that come to you while drawing.  You will soon have a richer collection than any photo album and this will help you quickly relive past experiences.  A sketchbook transforms you from a holidaymaker into a traveller.  Even if we visit the same place on the map, each of us will discover different places. 

And when you return home you will see your surroundings with different eyes.  You may see the trappings of your daily life as if for the first time and realize the drawing opportunities there.  You will find yourself stopping to notice what your life is made up of and the riches you have that bring meaning to your life.  Draw them.



Course Dates 2018

Saturday / Sunday, 5th & 6th May 2018.

£175, includes both materials and lunch. 



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