Painting - Subject Led

Dynamic painting from sketchbook studies with Katie Sollohub

Ref: S3D08840


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About this course

Ever wondered how to work from a sketchbook once you've finished it? The tutor will guide you through a series of exercises and approaches that will keep you looking at your sketchbook studies afresh. Great for keeping your work alive and ongoing, long after the course has ended.

Course Description

Learn how to tackle the age old question of what to do with your sketchbook studies once the initial moment of creation has passed. How often do you prefer the throw away study on the back of an envelope to the finished painting? How can you keep the freshness in your work, and not just make a copy of what is already a perfectly good study? The trick is to treat your studies like a new subject - they become the source of inspiration. You don't need to make exact replicas of each page in the same way as you don't need to paint exact replicas from nature. Instead, you look for ideas and approaches that you have already enjoyed in the sketchbook, and apply them in paint; you practice the same playful and experimental approach you may have in a study, while working on a painting.

For the course you can work from any subject matter, as long as you already have made plenty of studies before you arrive. Working directly from studies in your sketchbook, you will learn how to make new studies, in both drawing and painting. You will also learn how to write about your studies, to find out what it is that most interests you about them/the subject.

Experiment with materials and play with processes, in order to surprise yourself and not slavishly copy. As soon as we feel we are repeating ourselves the curiosity and creativeness goes out of it, so there will be collaborative exercises and some unexpected tasks, all designed to keep the creativity flowing. There will be demonstrations and evaluations at key points throughout the course.

You can work in acrylic or oil for this course (for oils some quick drying media would be useful). You can work on paper, primed board or canvas, according to preference.

By the end of the course you will have started, and possibly finished, two or three paintings. The aim is to complete at least one painting as working on more than one encourages a more playful, experimental approach. You will be equipped with the tools to continue this approach to your own work, in your own time, keeping the creative flow.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • You will need to bring with you plenty of studies of a subject of your choice. They can be in a sketchbook or on loose paper/surfaces, and may include drawings, paintings, mixed media, collages, photos.
  • Acrylic/oil mediums
  • Inks
  • Masking tape
  • Large palette and greaseproof paper
  • Baby wipes and kitchen towel
  • Cotton rags
  • Recycled pots and lids for mixing and as palettes

Available to buy

  • Canvas and canvas board - at least 3 of the same size and shape - depending on your subject, how fast you work, and what size you want to work at
  • Acrylic paints and/or
  • Oil paints
  • Oil bars
  • Gesso primer
  • Pencils, graphite, charcoal
  • Brushes - from tiny rigger brushes to large flat and round brushes - as large as you can manage!
  • Palette knives
  • The tutor will bring A1 paper (40p) for drawing and specialist paper for painting (£3-£8) which can be bought directly from her if needed. As well as a range of additional materials and tools to be shared with the group as required, including gesso primer, some of which may be charged extra and should be paid directly to the tutor (this will be kept to a minimum, and shared with the group, not more £3 per person).


Katie Sollohub

Katie studied Anthropology and Fine Art. She teaches freelance and in 2014 she received an Arts Council Award for a residency at Turner's House. Working in charcoal and oils, her work has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Lynne Painter Stainers Prize and the RA Summer Show.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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