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Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub
Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub
Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub
Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub
Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub
Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub
Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub

Sketchbooks by the Sea with Katie Sollohub

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Course summary:

Come fill a sketchbook in 2 days, working directly on the beach. Be inspired by the sea and the senses - wind and salt on your skin; the sound of waves, and people’s voices; the twisting flight of sea gulls; shifting pebbles underfoot.

Using ink, pastels, drawing materials, mixed media and some collage, you will be encouraged to play and let loose in long concertina sketchbooks, moving back and forth in them like the tide. This maybe a new approach to the sketchbook for some, letting it unfold, working non-chronologically, layering, changing, going with the flow, observing the accidental.

Where weather allows, you will be working outside directly in response to the beach, though not necessarily from observation. Having the studio so close to the beach means we can dip in and out of the studio space, to look at the sketchbooks as they evolve, to share work and ideas with others in the group, and to continue working on them in the stillness of the studio, making changes, layering, creating space for the next trip outside.

These sketchbooks will evolve as the workshop continues. Day 1 will be all about gathering marks, immersing in the experience. Day 2 will be a chance to digest, revisit pages, develop the imagery, and experiment further with your own work. There will be guided meditations throughout the course to help you engage with your bodily sense of place and stay present to the sensations as well as the visual.

Tutor biography:

Katie looks at the world intensely, noticing everything, making connections, finding narratives. Her work records the process of looking, crossing through time and space, drawing on memory and history. 

Katie’s work has been selected for the Discerning Eye, Lynne Painter Stainers Prize, Royal Academy Summer show, Jerwood Drawing Prize. In 2020 she was awarded 1st prize in the Derwent Drawing Prize for The Blue Bedroom, selected for Wells Contemporary and Broadway Arts Exhibition, and Glyndebourne Festival Exhibition.

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MAKE Arch 3 and Brighton Beach.  Please check in with a member of staff at the shop till area to be directed to the correct area.

Refreshments provided:

Refreshments, tea and coffee are provided during class. Please bring a packed lunch, or you can make use of our wonderful location and local cafes.

What to bring with you:

Sketchbooks and general drawing equipment are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea. We will be using mixed media including inks, oil pastels, chalk pastels, felt tips and gouache, as well as collage and tissue paper.

Bring what you like of these for some colour, as well as your preferred drawing materials (eg charcoal, pencil, pen, graphite) plus any scrap paper scissors and glue. A range of all these materials will be provided by the studio so this is only if you want to bring your own.


If you would like to develop your skills in this area this course is perfect to attend time and time again as you will be supported to advance your techniques in each session.

Atelier Beside the Sea also has a range of Drawing, Painting & Printmaking courses..

Specific advanced courses will be added as we develop our range of courses throughout the year. Please check the MAKE section of our website for course details or alternatively sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page to receive regular updates.

Booking terms & conditions:

You can view the MAKE booking terms & conditions here.

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