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Drawing, painting & printmaking – using natural & found pigments

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - February 21 @ 2:00 pm

| £395 – £640

An excellent, inspirational course, I feel we were blessed with a special tutor in Kate, who lives with such a passionate creative presence –  I remain thirsting for more – It was also wonderful to be nourished and enriched by Tanya’s food which has been influencing and encouraging my nutrition during the past week..long may it continue! Participant Feedback 


If you want to get back into being creative, or if you are new to drawing/painting/printmaking, its a fantastic hands-on approach and if you are a more established artist, it’s a great chance to experiment with natural pigments & materials.

Gathering your own and using some of Kate’s collection of materials, you will explore ways to make art out of the physical world around you.


Learn how to mix and bind pigments to make inks and paints. Experiment with alternative ways of mark making and printmaking. Finding oak galls and brewing oak gall ink (used to write the Magna Carter and Beethoven’s scores!). Making mud monoprinting ink and printing ink for relief and intaglio printmaking from soil, stones and charcoal. Making tempera paint form stones and soils. Collecting tools to make interesting marks; sticks, leaves, wool, feathers, hair and seaweed. It will be a week of exploring and experimenting, you might even use a tractor as a printing press (farmer availability reliant!).


You will draw from life the things we collect and depending on the temperature you can sketch with them en plein air or work from photographs or memory back in the studio. You are also welcome to abstract ideas or create imaginative responses or text based work from the materials and locations.

Kate studied at Falmouth School of Art, gaining a distinction in MA Fine Art as Contemporary Practice, and a BA at Goldsmiths College, London. As an artist she exhibits regularly and teaches at Coombe, Plymouth College of Arts & the St Ives School of Painting.


I am open to creating art works in any medium, my work is research based and is currently mostly inspired by the sea. Conceptual/fine art meets craft is how I would sum up my practice; I take great pleasure in the particularities of each of the mediums I use and am passionately hands on. Using unusual or poetically appropriate materials is a key feature of my work; site specifically gathered ash, charcoal, mud, sand or stones or beachcombed fabric”.



We will be making most of our materials for this course however please do bring the following with you:

– A Sketchbook
– Pots and bags to collect materials and pigments
– A few small empty jars for ink
– Old clothes that you don’t mind getting messy in


February 16 @ 5:00 pm
February 21 @ 2:00 pm
£395 – £640
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Coombe Farm Studios
Dittisham, Devon TQ6 0JA United Kingdom
+44 (0)1803 722352


Kate Marshall