Sketching at Derwentwaters in June

19th&20th – Sunday Evening and Monday


After relaxing over a lovely meal on the Sunday of arrival, I will introduce you to the programme for the week. This will usually start the evening before when we look at sketching techniques for our first day… To help you get going we will do a bit of practicing after dinner from some of the many images taken of this area.


This evening’s practice will help those already familiar with sketching techniques to warm up to their subject matter and allow those just beginning to have a go in private with more one to one assistance if required before braving the outdoors and sketching in public. For weather permitting, Monday morning we are off to Derwentwaters Boating Pier for our first practical session.

Lupe and Jane painting by the lake , a sketch by Jan Reichmann
Jane Willis sketching Derwentwaters

After a morning by the lake, we will return to LPH, for a lunchtime critique and painting practice in the studio or outdoors.

Discussing colour washes

As part of the work this afternoon, we will be looking at colour washes. How to apply watercolour in a freer way and making colour choices… Working on the sketches brought back from the mornings outing, participants will continue working on their paintings in a larger format, developing tonal depth, adding details and exploring the use of colour…

Adding blues and greens to create a limited palette effect by Ruth Ward
The afternoon will be supported by tutor guidance throughout, with demonstrations and one to one help where required.

After a rest and wash up before dinner, after dinner I will be looking at a bit of computer assistance for our painting activities. Rather than cameras for this workshop I am recommending participants to bring their tablets and IPads or their smartphones. And to ensure most benefit from the outings, you will be asked to bring back images from which to continue working in the studio. I have also been teaching photography for many years and will on Monday evening give you some tips on best to use your tablets.

Jan Reichmann taking some shots to continue working back in the studio

This evening I will also introduce you to a digital painting app I like to use which will help us understand colour mixing and harmonies. This will be part of your workshop given it will work on both tablet and phone.

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