Learn to Draw from Observation ~ 5 x Friday afternoons fortnightly, Fr 31March to Fri 26th May - exc. school holidays with Sarah Alty



Learn to Draw from Observation ~ a five week Series with local artist, Sarah Alty Join Sarah in this short series of classes to help you unravel the mysteries of observational drawing to reveal its pleasure and excitement, through structured exercises, gentle feedback, guidance and encouragement. Drawing from close observation, documenting in marks, pictures and words can distil the essence of the subject matter, but where do you start when faced with a blank piece of paper?  Through a series of guided exercises over 5 weeks Sarah will encourage you to improve your perceptual skills through close study of a variety of subject matter. Together we will cover different drawing techniques which will enable you to learn to record your observations whilst also allowing your individual drawing style to emerge.  We will consider the quality and character of mark-making, linear directional movement, tonal variation, texture, proportion, the relationship between objects and negative spaces. All materials will be provided and there will be the opportunity to experiment with different drawing mediums.  These drawing classes, suitable for the beginner and improver, will help you to gain confidence in your ability to draw, whether for relaxation, leisure, as a means of self-expression, or in preparation for further creative work, there is always something to learn!  Fri 31st March ~ Fri 14th April ~ Fri 28th April ~ Fri 12th May ~ Fri 26th May 2023 Friday afternoons 2pm to 5pm Coffee and Tea available Covid19 update: offering over 100+ courses in Cumbria & the Lakes, we hope to resume all 'in person' courses in late July 2020. During lock down, we've upgraded a listed barn into a beautiful spacious workshop studio, enabling courses to take place with 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. It's possible usual catered lunches may not be included for summer courses, depending on circumstances at the time.

What's included in the price?

Please bring: As the course explores different drawing mediums, Sarah will provide a list of suggested materials to bring, pencils, watercolours etc. Some will be available for a small charge. An old shirt/ protection for your clothing, reading glasses if required. We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.


1 day (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


Situated in a tranquil location on the edge of the Lake District, we've offered an Quirky range of workshops since 2005, In 2020 we renovated a listed hayloft to create 'Swallow Barn' - now a Covid safe & spacious, first floor studio with screens/ cameras for tutor demos and many well spaced single desks. We have several garden teaching spaces too. Lunch (included) can be taken outside on the Tea Lawn in warmer months and teas/coffees is served at your desk. Our days are considered real treats.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Romantic
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Intermediate level
  • Easter
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
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Greystoke Craft Garden, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0UT