Art breaks at Woolpack Inn

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Tutor Georgie Watson explaining techniques to students

The worlds of art and gastronomy met in perfect harmony at The Woolpack in Warehorne where a trial art break proved a great success.

The launch day kicked of with an introduction by the tutor, Camber-based artist Georgie Watson. Watson, who is self-taught and has a studio at the Rye Creative Centre, specialises in country landscapes, the countryside around The Woolpack providing a great source of inspiration for even the most inexperienced artist.

The morning started with a continuous line drawing exercise followed by a fascinating exploration of the use of different media, including watercolours, pastels, charcoal and conte, to portray the same subject. Under Watson’s knowledgeable tuition the results were impressive.

After a tasty lunch (‘The Pig and the Hive’ honeyed ham sandwiches are recommended) students were taken outside to view the beautiful Kent vista whilst undertaking a ‘picture frame’ exercise to help with perspective. The intention was to paint outdoors but if, as happened on the introductory day, the weather isn’t suitable, further tuition takes place indoors. It was fascinating to see how involved participants became in their drawing and painting and the results at the end of afternoon were artistic indeed, with works of art fit to grace any wall, or fridge door.

Details of the coming courses are as follows:

• Thursday May 16: one-day course, £90 per person;
• Tuesday May 21 and Wednesday May 22: two day creative mini-break, £270 – £320 per person based on the suite occupied;
• Wednesday June 5: one day course, £90 per person;
• Tuesday June 18 and Wednesday June 19 : two day creative mini-break, £270 – £320 per person.

Each day’s course starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm. Prices include all materials, a two course lunch on each day, coffees and refreshments and, for the creative mini-breaks, bed and breakfast at the Woolpack.

Places are restricted to six people on each course. To book a place e-mail events@ramblinns.com. Further details can be found on the website www.ramblinns.com.

The Woolpack Inn is located at Church Lane, Warehorne, near Ashford, Kent, TN26 2LL. Telephone 01233 732900.

Image Credits: Tony McLaughlin .

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