We launched this course last year and it was hugely popular and a great success so we’re thrilled to invite Susi and Francine back in 2019. This inspiring and enjoyable drawing & painting course for beginners and improvers is for people who have always wanted to draw and paint but just don’t know where to start or want to develop their work. If you are familiar with the ‘fear of the blank page’, have the feeling that ‘I can’t draw’, or you want to expand your skills, this course is suitable for you.
Francine Lawrence and Susi Hoyle have taught over 2000 people to draw and given them the confidence to keep drawing.
Working in the well equipped art studio at Coombe you will work alongside other beginners, starting with pencil and charcoal, learning how to ‘see’ and draw simple objects, before venturing into colour with watercolour paints and watersoluble pencils. Each day there will be time devoted to show you to keep a lively sketchbook or ‘journal’. It can be daunting for beginners to work outside in the landscape so we’ll also take advantage of the glorious Devon countryside to expand the skills learned in the studio to sketch outside, in the lanes or by the River Dart, building your confidence as we go. Along the way we’ll collect items and show how to include leaves, feathers and ephemera into your sketching journal. By the end of the week everyone will have several black and white drawings, some colour sketches, a sketchbook journal- and increased confidence to continue drawing and painting.
Francine Lawrence trained as a graphic designer and photographer and was the launch art director and later editor of Country Living magazine. She loves the countryside and never goes anywhere without her sketchbook – making watercolour sketches of food is one of her passions (sometimes to the annoyance of her husband who often has to wait for her to draw his lunch before he can eat it).
Susi Hoyle also studied graphic design and became a stylist for Roger Philips the well-known photographer and botanist. She then took her skills to Australia where she worked as production designer on feature films and travelled extensively in South East Asia. She spent several years in SriLanka where she developed her unique colourful style of artwork.
*Images examples of student work
Francine and Susi both live in London and regularly draw and teach together see – Art Splash London for more information.
*Images – “Prawns” by Francine Lawrence & “Yorkshire” by Susi Hoyle.
What to bring/Materials list for this course:
Bring your sketchbook or buy one from us and it’ll be in your room on arrival.