Sensory landscape drawing with Caroline Wendling


Ref: S1D10816

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About this course

Observe the landscape through walking and drawing, develop work from memory, observation and the senses.

Course Description

Discover alternative ways to transcribe the landscape. Walking in the beautiful surroundings at West Dean and with the help of guided exercises you will learn to record, observe and discover the landscape with different ways of seeing. You will make use of your sensory and bodily experiences of nature.

You need to be prepared to walk for an hour and a half in some uneven terrain. Bring good walking shoes and adequate clothing for the weather. We will take with us only a small amount of drawing material, no portable chairs are needed.

In the studio the experiences and recorded sketches will be channelled through more drawing exercises into personnel ways of describing your own findings and discoveries of the landscape. Some will be memory drawings. Some time will be allocated for one in depth study.

You will focus on using compressed charcoal and your favorite drawing tools. You will learn how to make your own small sketchbook for the walk.

At the end of the day you will have a handmade sketchbook, a set of drawings and notes made in the studio, and one developed piece of work on a larger scale. You will have discovered new ways to look at the world, and how to develop and use some of the prompts in your own work at home.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply some cartridge paper and compressed charcoal.

What students need to bring

  • Paper scraps such as used envelopes, wrapping paper, kitchen paper etc.
  • Bring good walking shoes and adequate clothing for the weather.
  • A sense of fun and willingness to experiment.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A4 Indian paper, graph paper, masking tape, drawing media and a variety of papers.


Caroline Wendling

FDAD Core Team Tutor and Short Course Tutor

Caroline Wendling's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imagings of sites. She takes her audience on a physical, sensory and emotional journey leaving them with a poetic encounter and a story to tell. In 2012, she created her first walk near her studio. Subsequent walks took her to New York City, Norfolk, Suffolk and Scotland where she created White Wood, a living monument to peace that will develop over the next 900 years. 

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