Experimental drawing – encounters with land and sea with Caroline Wendling

Ref: SSS09893


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About this course

Observe and record your sensory experience, walking through the landscape and on the sea shore. Experiment with mark-making, materials, tools, ideas and chance encounters to produce drawings that will inspire and transform your work.

Course Description

Learn how to observe and record your sensory experiences of walking through the landscape using different drawing techniques. From your primary studies experiment with mark-making, materials, ideas and chance encounters. Develop the skills and tools to produce drawings in and out of the landscape that will inspire and transform your work.

Artists in the past looked at the landscape and drew it as they saw it, and sometimes they interpreted it. On this course you will learn how to interpret the landscape using experimental drawing techniques and tools. The tutor will help you to discover ways to express your sensory experiences in the land and on the seashore through drawing.

There is no better way to experience the land and seascape than to walk into it and through guided daily walks (you need to be able to walk unaided through the countryside) you will be provided with sensory prompts to begin your drawings. The tutor takes you step by step through a set of drawing exercises in which you use chance and control to generate works. You will be encouraged through different ways of drawing and will be taught how to use line, tone, form and pattern and gain confidence and understanding on how to best use them. The process of drawing itself will be studied as you reflect on your experiments and expressions and build confidence in your approach.

You will record many aspects of the sea and landscape refining your observational skills, and use of your senses to produce artwork. You will also be taught how to work from memory using your bodily experience of the walks. You will learn to work with unusual mediums, mark-making and tools to create exciting outcomes. You will be inspired to forget about the everyday as you are alerted to your surroundings environment both in and out of the studio with a clear mind.

You will use aspects of the sea and landscape to work with directly in your drawings. You will be encouraged to develop and find ways to interact through drawing with the outside space. Some of you may develop drawing interventions in the landscape. The course embraces ideas of in situ expression. You will have the chance to discuss your ideas in groups and individually with your tutor.

Ian Odin and Jackie Herrington have worked in and for the wider estate for over 30 years. They will join us for one of the walks. Both have knowledge and experience of the locations and provide an additional resource of information about land, history and signifiers to help you in your research.

At the end of the course, you will have developed your own way of responding to the outside space. You will have been on a personal journey and produced a series of drawings. You will be able to use walking as a way to generate and inspire artwork. You will have learned to draw from memory, and be able to translate the experience of the outside into drawings.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. Dinner is included for non-resident students throughout the week to enable participation in these events.

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A short swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (if pre-booked)

• A celebration dinner on the last evening

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some papers shared amongst the group to get started.

What students need to bring

  • Drawing equipment and materials you like to work with – on this course students often need to replenish their materials or try out new ones from the shop. The list isn't definitive, it is about exploring and experimenting, taking inspiration from peers, artists, the walks and responding creatively and intuitively.
  • A camera or your phone camera
  • Please bring a portable flask, a water container and a portable bag or backpack to carry your lunch, drawing media and sketchbook.
  • To prepare yourself for this course, start going on walks near your home or use one of your regular walks, repeat the walk and record your thoughts in a notebook, in sketches or writing, about what you noticed, and what was different from your previous walk.
  • Look up a few artists that take walking as the starting point of their work, for example:
  • Hamish Fulton who said: ‘I am an artist who walks, not a walker who makes art.’ Francis Alÿs, Viga Celmins, Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, Ulrike Arnold, Vivian Suter, Bernd and Hilla Becker, Melanie Smith, Inci Eviner, Silke Otto-Knapp, Joseph Beuys: 7000 Oaks project, Philippe Parreno C.H.Z., Continuously Habitable Zones, 2011

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A selection of paper and drawing equipment


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. 


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

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