Creative and professional development

Connecting landscape to practice – for artists, writers and makers with Katie Sollohub

Ref: S3D10756


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About this course

Make a richly observed body of research on the landscape, then apply this to your practice. Extend your focus beyond the visual towards experience, presence and process.

Course Description

Make a richly observed body of research on the landscape, then explore ways to apply this to your practice. Through structured exercises in two and three dimensions, extend your focus beyond the visual towards experience, presence and process.

The course begins with a series of exercises that provide you with different ways to engage directly with the landscape. These include walking, observing and interpreting through writing, drawing, painting and using tactile clay and earth.

On the first evening there will be an introduction to the course and to each other; a simple practical exercise. Bring a notebook and paper, other materials will be provided for this first session.

Each day there will be a guided meditation of approximately 10-15 minutes, followed by a walk with practical instructions and suggested materials. These will help you to become more aware of presence, to be released from limiting expectations, to increase awareness of physical sensations including sound, touch, smell, and to increase your awareness of the thought processes that accompany your practice.

On day one you will gather natural materials both for mark-making, and for reference back in the studio. You will be encouraged to playfully explore these natural materials, and use clay to make three-dimensional interpretations of the landscape. On day two, after a guided walk, the meditation and visualisation will prepare you to work with memory as a source for your work, in both drawing and writing. At the end of the day there will be a presentation about artists working with the landscape (you are invited to contribute artists and inspiration from your own research and fields of interest). Day three will allow time for you to have one-to-one conversations with your tutor as well with the group, to help consolidate your thoughts, and discuss possible further developments relevant to your own practice.

There will be time each day for one-to-one discussion with the tutor about your own work, and how to develop your findings and experiences from the course in your own practice. There will also be group discussions to support this.

By the end of the course you will have gained a broader understanding of how to make studies from landscape. You will have produced a rich body of research, in two and three dimensions, as well as writing. You will also have reflected on your own practice and how to employ the process and observations into your work and preferred medium.

The course is not suitable for beginners, you need to have a practice (painter, potter, writer, sculptor, etc.) but you do not need to be an expert or have expert drawing or painting skills. You will need to be able and willing to make work outdoors, with some walking and carrying involved (pocket sized, nothing heavy).


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


  • The cost of providing some black and white gouache, posca pens, oil bars, charcoal, paper, masking tape and clay to be shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • A stool for working outside – portable chairs are available to borrow from the College
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for short trips outside, whatever the weather
  • A handy bag, rucksack, jacket or apron with pockets for carrying a small amount of materials with you and/or a handy pencil case or pouch for carrying a selection of basic materials.
  • A camera/phone for recording your work
  • Students do not have to do any preparation in advance, but may want to bring any previous work in about landscape, in whatever art form, whether visual, written, two-dimensional or three-dimensional. For example a sketchbook, some photos, small pieces of work to show and discuss. If you have any particular artists, writers or makers whose work about landscape interests you, then some reference material would also be useful, but not essential.
  • Please bring what you have and like to draw and paint with. The tutor will have some to try before you buy if you want to work with new media.
  • Oil bars are an optional material if you would like to bring/try, these are not available to buy in the shop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Pens, pencils and other drawing/writing materials
  • Sketchbook and/or folder for keeping a physical and written record of your work
  • Paints, brushes, palettes and mediums
  • Suggested optional additional materials include compressed charcoal/black chalk, oil and/or chalk pastels, inks (black, sepia or your preference), masking tape, tracing paper, felt tips or other specialist coloured pens such as Posca pen permanent markers.
  • Paper, card, board (these can be scraps, or bought, for a variety of surfaces and textures to work on)
  • Available from tutor:
  • The tutor will have some materials to try before you buy if you want to work with new media.


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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