Ancient Kent: Urban Sketching Workshop, September 20th-23rd 2017

Ancient Kent: Urban Sketching Workshop, September 20th-23rd 2017

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I am so excited to tell you about my upcoming event!
Join me, Róisín Curé, this September for a very special and intimate urban sketching workshop in Kent, in England’s sunny South East. There will only be eight participants in total, promising a convivial and fun few days, with loads of individual attention to help you in your sketching journey.

Old Borough Arms, Watercolour by Róisín Curé

The principal aim of the workshop will be to share my sketching techniques with you, and will vary according to our subject each day. I will help you with the following:
– more accurate observation, leading to a more satisfying sketching experience:
– using limited palettes to better understand the use of values:
– focusing in on one area, for a more efficient urban sketch in a hurry:
– identifying light and using it to bring drama to a sketch:
– mastering common elements such as trees, people, brickwork and skies:
– “troubleshooting” – your individual needs addressed.

Accommodation: We’ll make our base in Little Dane Court, an elegant and tasteful Japanese-themed B&B in the ancient Saxon town of Tenterden, not too far from the busy hub of Ashford. We’ll have the entire B&B to ourselves, so we can make ourselves at home. Tenterden is a picturesque Tudor town of antique shops, quaint pubs and charming restaurants.

Wednesday 20th: We’ll stroll down to Tenterden Station, home to Kent and East Sussex Railway, where we’ll sketch the beautiful old steam train from the platform. In the afternoon we’ll sketch at Tenterden Mueum, including the steam-powered tractor and other interesting bits of Tenterden’s heritage.

Thursday 21st: Off to Cranbrook Mill, where we’ll sketch one of England’s oldest working windmills. Following a lazy lunch in a local pub we’ll sketch around the pretty town of Cranbrook, and we’ll follow this with a visit to Smallhythe Place, the stunning 16th-century home of the famous Victorian actress Ellen Terry.

Friday 22nd: We’ll leave Kent to make a day trip to the beautiful coastal town of Rye in East Sussex, where we’ll be spoiled for choice. There’s Mermaid Street, one of the Telegraph’s “five most beautiful streets in Britain”, Ypres Tower and the Land Gate, among many other stunning subjects.

Saturday 23rd: This is our day to relax and unwind in Tenterden, sketching in the grounds of Little Dane Court, our B&B, a quirky blend of Japanese and Tudor architecture. The workshop will officially come to an end with lunch, but we’ll take our time and I’ll be on hand to address any individual issues in the afternoon.

Rod's courtyard, Watercolour by Róisín Curé

Throughout the workshop my aim is to create an air of fun and friendliness, whilst providing an intense learning environment. We will eat and socialise together, so it’s the perfect workshop for the solo traveller, although companions are very welcome too.

Cost: The workshop will cost £230 to include admission fees and transport to and from the various venues, but does not include meals or accommodation. There are just a few places left so if you like the sound of the workshop, please get in touch with me, Róisín, as soon as possible! To book, please get in touch via the contact form on the website, or email me at roisincurepictures(at)gmail(dot)com. Hope to see you there!

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  1. Joleen

    March 9, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Do you have to know how to draw or sketch?

    • Róisín Curé

      March 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Hi Joleen, I can tell you that first and foremost an urban sketching workshop is about having fun. I am always very impressed at the friendliness and warm attitude of the participating sketchers, who have literally every level of experience, from zero to years’ worth. In these workshops everyone learns from each other and shares their tips so it’s a mutual learning experience. I take people whatever the level – I’ve even had travelling companions who’ve never sketched ask to join in because it looks like fun! So please be assured that whatever level you are at, you will have a fulfilling and enjoyable time.

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