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Kent Life - - Reader Competition - WORDS: Sarah Sturt PHO­TOS: Ram­blinns

Fancy a day at a pub in the Kent coun­try­side dis­cov­er­ing your in­ner artist? Then en­ter

our com­pe­ti­tion and get paint­ing

My Art O-Level days may be a dim and dis­tant mem­ory, but I’ve al­ways promised my­self that ‘one day’ I’d pick up my paints and sketch­book again.

That ‘one day’ ar­rived when John Rogers, owner of Ram­blinns – the small col­lec­tion of coun­try inns on the edge of the Rom­ney Marshes – in­vited me to trial a new cre­ative days and mini breaks idea he’s launch­ing this month aimed at both lo­cal cus­tomers and vis­i­tors from fur­ther afield.

My day be­gan at The Wool­pack in Ware­horne, a per­fect set­ting for as­pir­ing artists, with a coun­try church, graz­ing sheep and rolling hills just op­po­site the pretty inn.

Over cof­fee and pas­tries I chat­ted to tu­tor Ge­orgie Wat­son, who has a stu­dio at the Rye Cre­ative Cen­tre. An en­gag­ing and nat­u­ral teacher, she gets us to try ‘con­tin­u­ous line draw­ing’, where we study daf­fodils in jars and sketch what we see with­out lift­ing the pen­cil or peep­ing at the paper.

It’s a bit scary but won­der­fully lib­er­at­ing and when we in­tro­duce a sin­gle colour wash over our wonky lines, they spring alive.

In­spired, we take our kit out­side (note: there’s a stile to climb) and use Conté crayons to make quick draw­ings of our cho­sen view from the wider land­scape be­fore us.

These form the ba­sis of the paint­ings that oc­cupy our time af­ter lunch (fab fish­cakes), when we learn more about dif­fer­ent medi­ums, ma­te­ri­als, mix­ing and colour the­ory as sketch be­comes fin­ished masterpiece. Child­like and out of scale as mine is, I am be­yond proud. The day over far too soon, I re­luc­tantly leave, al­ready plan­ning my re­turn...


Kent Life read­ers are in­vited to en­ter our com­pe­ti­tion to win two places (win­ner plus guest) on an art day course of their choos­ing, to in­clude a two-course lunch, cof­fees and re­fresh­ments plus all ma­te­ri­als and ex­pert tu­ition with artist Ge­orgie Wat­son.

To be in with a chance of win­ning, just an­swer the ques­tion be­low and the tiebreaker, then send your an­swer to: [email protected] archant.co.uk, mark­ing your email ‘Art com­pe­ti­tion.’ Should you wish to en­ter by post, please send your an­swer to: Kent Life, c/o 28 Teville Road, Wor­thing, West Sus­sex BN11 1UG, mark­ing your en­try ‘Art com­pe­ti­tion.’ Please in­clude your full name and con­tact de­tails.

Clos­ing date: 31 May 2019

The edi­tor’s de­ci­sion is fi­nal and no cor­re­spon­dence will be en­tered into once the win­ner has been de­cided. Nor­mal Archant com­pe­ti­tion rules ap­ply.

Q: How many Ram­blinns inns are there in the group? a) 3 b) 4 c) 5

Tie-breaker: Tell us in 50 words why you want to win this prize.


Prices: £90 per per­son for a day course, to in­clude cof­fees and a two-course lunch at The Wool­pack plus tu­ition and all ma­te­ri­als pro­vided (10am-4pm). Start­ing price of £270 for an overnight stay, two-day course, to in­clude lunch on each day, a dou­ble bed­room and break­fast if choos­ing one of the two smaller rooms Niddy or Noddy; £320 pack­age for the big­ger suites, Fred­er­ick, Hon­ey­child or Josephine. Fur­ther de­tails, dates and book­ing in­for­ma­tion at: www.ram­blinns.com

The one-day art classes start and end at The Wool­pack, Ware­horne

ABOVE: Tu­tor Ge­orgie Wat­son with stu­dents in the fields op­po­site The Wool­pack

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