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Introduction to drawing from life in Epping Forest

Introduction to drawing from life in Epping Forest

About the Course

Drawing is making a mark! Come and enjoy learning to turn those marks into recognisable images, using a variety of subjects including landscape, figures, still life and buildings. Linda will demonstrate a technique or subject, and you will then have a go. Her drawing techniques follow traditional rules which she believes you have to know before you break them! The morning will be spent on drawing indoors from photographs and life, looking at tone, perspective and creating movement with your marks in graphite, charcoal and ink. The afternoon will be spent outdoors drawing the landscape including trees, water and structures, learning how to create layers and distance in monochre.

Course tutor: Linda Matthews
Linda Matthews has worked as a full time artist and tutor for 18 years. She is inspired by everything around her, she enjoys sharing the essentials of painting in the studio so you can experience fully the freedom of painting from life - en plein air - out of doors. She works professionally in most media. Her philosophy for painting is ‘Wherever you look there is something to paint. You can never be bored with a pencil, a sketchbook and a paintbox’.

What to Bring
Sensible clothing for the weather
Appropriate footwear
Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)
Course Materials

Sketch pad - minimum A4 - not completely smooth cartridge paper
Indian ink
2B pencil
08 fine permanent ink pen
Willow charcoal stick
Kneadable putty eraser
Hat for outside work
A full material kit is available to purchase from Linda on arrival at £24.00, if ordered 14 days before course commences. If you have any questions re materials please contact Linda directly.

A portable seat and easel if you wish to use one

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What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Hot and cold drinks
Personal and travel insurance


Field Studies Council, Epping Forest and Juniper Hall
Paul's Nursery Road
High Beech
IG10 4AF
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  • Wheelchair users

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