We are delighted to have teamed up with local artist Sarah Hercod to offer family friendly Sketch Club sessions here at Botelet. Sketch Clubs have been designed specifically for parents/carers and their children. Every session offers the chance for you to:
* expore sketching tools and techniques
* make choices, change your mind, sit back and reflect
* take risks and experience a range of results - be it planned or spontaneous
* develop your own sketching interests and ideas
* enjoy learning and creating alongside your children
There's absolutely no pressure to do anything at all other than explore the world at the tip of your pencil, and Sarah will use her unique teaching style to encourage, challenge and guide you through the activities.
Local families are welcome to join, as are those staying at Botelet. Please note that parents or carers must accompany children. Children (and adults!) of all ages are welcome, no experience required.
Upcoming Sketch Clubs are detailed below...
Easter Sketch Club
A one-off Easter Sketch Club will take place on Friday 12th April from 1 - 2.30pm. You'll get to play with charcoal and pastels during this session, and Sarah will share some tips on how to draw British wildlife.
Costs £8 per person, including all resources.
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Summer Sketch Club
A series of Summer Sketch Clubs will take place on Fridays from 1 - 2.30pm during August. You'll get to play wtih mark-making, colour-mixing, shape and composition activities so that in the final session you can use what you've practiced to sketch the views from a very special location. You can join individual summer sessions, or book onto all five. The focus for each session is given below. Costs £8 per person, including all resources.
* Friday 2nd August - Mark Making
An activity that takes you on a journey into the techniques used by Vincent Van Gogh. I'll share some insights from a recent workshop led by Sarah Wimperis who was the only British artist to work on the film, 'Loving Vincent'. In the meadow, located next to Exeter Shed, you'll get the chance to explore how using a range of marks can enhance your sketches, creating vibrancy and movement.
* Friday 9th August - Nature's Palette / Colour Mixing
We'll head off on a walk around Botelet finding as many different natural colours as possible. We'll extract colour from soil, stones, leaves, grasses, petals and maybe even some fruit or berries. You'll get the chance to explore how to mix a wide range of colours from a limited paint palette.
* Friday 16th August - Composition
We'll head up the hill to the old yurt base for this activity and we'll look at how to compose a balanced and interesting scene using the rule of thirds and a few other 'rules' that can then jolly well be broken! You'll get the chance to 'frame' and to study small, close-up objects as well as larger subjects that are in the distance.
* Friday 23rd August - Shape
We'll look at how an understanding of shape helps us to create form within our sketches and we'll use an unusual technique developed by Robert Delauney. Through studying one of the tractors dotted around the farm, you'll get the chance to explore how to build a really unique picture by studying shapes.
* Friday 30th August - Landscape
At Bury Down iron age hill fort we'll settle on rugs and blankets (with flasks of tea and maybe even some cake?) and enjoy the views. After completing a series of quick, sometimes tricky, but always useful sketching exercises, we'll each choose a vantage point and use the materials we feel most comfortable with to create a landscape of sketch that can become a momento of a brilliant summer/weekend of sketching!
More about Sarah ...
Sarah is an artist and illustrator with a joyful style which she uses across a range of mediums and materials such as painting, printing and the digital arts. Sarah has over twenty years experience of pre-school and primary school teaching, and she particularly enjoys working with families, especially seeing adults and children grow together.