Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub



Come fill a sketchbook in 2 days, working directly on the beach. Be inspired by the sea and the senses - wind and salt on your skin; the sound of waves, and people’s voices; the twisting flight of sea gulls; shifting pebbles underfoot. Standing at the water’s edge, making marks with your eyes shut in response to sound. This experimental course will have you immersed in the creative process, if not quite immersed in the sea! Using ink, pastels, drawing materials, mixed media and some collage, you will be encouraged to play and let loose in long concertina sketchbooks, moving back and forth in them like the tide. This maybe a new approach to the sketchbook for some, letting it unfold, working non-chronologically, layering, changing, going with the flow, observing the accidental. Where weather allows, you will be working outside directly in response to the beach, though not necessarily from observation. Having the studio so close to the beach means we can dip in and out of the studio space, to look at the sketchbooks as they evolve, to share work and ideas with others in the group, and to continue working on them in the stillness of the studio, making changes, layering, creating space for the next trip outside. These sketchbooks will evolve as the workshop continues. Day 1 will be all about gathering marks, immersing in the experience. Day 2 will be a chance to digest, revisit pages, develop the imagery, and experiment further with your own work. There will be guided meditations throughout the course to help you engage with your bodily sense of place and stay present to the sensations as well as the visual. You will go away with a sketchbook jammed packed with energy and vitality of the sea, a capsule of experience, a condensation of the 2 days. You might use this as something to work from in future, or enjoy it as a piece of work in its own right. Katie looks at the world intensely, noticing everything, making connections, finding narratives. Her work records the process of looking, crossing through time and space, drawing on memory and history. Katie’s work has been selected for the Discerning Eye, Lynne Painter Stainers Prize, Royal Academy Summer show, Jerwood Drawing Prize. In 2020 she was awarded 1st prize in the Derwent Drawing Prize for The Blue Bedroom, selected for Wells Contemporary and Broadway Arts Exhibition, and Glyndebourne Festival Exhibition.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments, tea and coffee are provided during class. Please bring a packed lunch, or you can make use of our wonderful location and local cafes. Sketchbooks and general drawing equipment are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea. You may wish to bring your own drawing equipment if there is something specific you would like to use.


2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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165 Kings Road Arches, , BRIGHTON, East Sussex, BN1 1NB