A Sussex sketchbook – drawing course with Paul Cox

Ref: SLW09863

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About this course

Visit Sussex sites to record observations through drawing and develop sketchbook ideas. In the studio, interpret and structure compositions from your observations.

Course Description

Visit Sussex sites and West Dean College and Gardens to record observations and develop visual ideas for your sketchbook. Back in the studio, exercises in perspective and composition with advice on media, will provide structure to develop your interpretive skills.

Develop your observational skills in drawing from life, and a more personal fluency in interpreting figures, architecture and the landscape. Learn how to make the best use of a sketchbook both as a means of recording your observations, and for developing visual ideas. This course offers plenty of practical help both on location, and back at the studio, including exercises in perspective and composition and advice on whatever media you have chosen to work with.

We will visit Cowdray Castle in Midhurst, the Weald and Downland Museum, Bosham Harbour as well as use the College and surrounding Gardens. These different locations provide a good range of subjects to tackle and give plenty of scope to develop your interpretive skills.

In the afternoon and evening of each day we continue to work in the studio, developing further our location drawings, or producing new work from them. During the course you will be shown examples of other artists’ work, and there will be a presentation of the tutor’s work as a short lecture.

You will come away with a sketchbook full of ideas and drawings.


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


  • Included in the fee for your course: Transport and entrance to Weald and Downland Museum, Cowdray Castle and Bosham Harbour.

What students need to bring

  • Light weight stool if you have one (College can provide)
  • Water pot with lid
  • Digital camera
  • Bag big enough to carry all your stuff and the packed lunch supplied by the College
  • A small sealed jar of thick household bleach (this acts as a negative drawing medium when using black Quink ink)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Most of your requirements can be purchased from the College Shop. They have a big range of sketchbooks, papers and all the other materials listed below. If you are unsure about what to buy, bring what you already have and discuss with your tutor.
  • Sketchbooks, A2 cartridge, A2-A3 Watercolour and a pocket A6 cartridge.
  • Set of watercolours, travel box or tubes plus white gouache
  • Range of coloured inks, sepia, Indian ink and Quink
  • Stopping medium (masking fluid, frisk)and masking tape
  • Range of brushes both sable and synthetic and some less special for ink and masking fluid or bleach Permanent and soluble range of marker pens, dip pens and bamboo pens.
  • Refillable brush pens
  • Range of graphite, coloured and water-soluble pencils
  • Rubber, sharpener and knife
  • Sheets of water colour paper plus bulldog clips
  • Gum tape and sponge if you need to stretch paper (you will be shown a simple technique for doing this by your tutor)


Paul Cox

Paul Cox's fluid, immediate draughtsmanship and vibrant colour makes him one of the most enjoyable of contemporary illustrators. A recent highly successful exhibition in London of over 200 works demonstrated the breadth of his achievement, and especially the geographical range of his imagery; for he is a significant topographical painter as well as both an incisive and sensitive literary illustrator and highly versatile designer.


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

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