Join Rosie MacCurrach for an exciting workshop exploring the space, texture and pattern around the Studio at Bransbury.

No previous experience is necessary.

  • tutor, Rosie MacCurrach
  • £270/3day
  • June 13th, 14th, and 15th
  • 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Tea and coffee provided, please bring a picnic lunch

Please bring an apron and old clothing – it could get messy

Tea and coffee available all day, please bring your own picnic lunch

What to expect Pattern in Landscape workshop

We will explore a pattern-based interpretation of the landscape around the river Dever through drawing from observation.  We will look at how patterns, rhythms and textures can represent a sense of place, an atmosphere, movement and light.  Referencing artists such as Samuel Palmer, Van Gogh, David Hockney, Eric Ravilious, Matisse, Vuillard, 17th C Indian paintings and others, you will be encouraged to experiment in finding your own visual language and way of making marks.

Each session will have a group introduction followed by individual support. There will be a strong focus on learning to look…. for patterns, textures and rhythms; identifying shapes, space and compostions.  Drawing with pencils, charcoal and ink, you will explore different ways of interpreting your surroundings through experimental mark making.  You will also look at how you choose what to draw, pulling out of the scene the patterns and shapes that pull you in.  You will explore composition as the counterweight to pattern. Day 1 will focus on pattern,  Day 2  composition and Day 3 combining pattern, composition and a figure in landscape in a longer finished composition.

By the end of the course, you will have a series of short sketches and some more finished pieces. You will also begin to know how to identify what you are looking for in a drawing, and what moves you about a specific place or landscape and how composition and pattern play their part in this.  You will have a range of marks to equip you to tackle any landscape or garden.

Throughout the course, we will have regular informal group reviews of your work with a focus on group discussion and learning from each other. 

A subject (rather than technique) focussed course, suitable for all levels of experience. A structured start is followed by guided independent practice.


Please bring the following:

  • A1 pad of cartridge paper, and sheets of neutral coloured papers
  • Pencils (softer ones are best)  2B-8B,
  • 1 box of Charcoal(range of widths- narrow is important),
  • 1 bottle of indian Ink at least 100ml and brushes or ink pen
  • White chalk pastel 
  • Rubber – not a putty rubber
  • Pencil sharpener 
  • Bulldog clips for holding paper to boards
  • Fixative spray to fix charcoal
  • Masking tape
  • A plastic folder to carry your drawings/drawing board
  • Appropriate clothing for working outdoors (extra warmth for sitting, sunhats for shade if necessary).  
  • 4 Jam jars with lids for water and ink of varying dilutions
  • rags

A good sense of humour!