En plein air
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.
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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