25 to 27th may 2018. Horse Drawing and Painting workshops at Blyford Dairy Studios, suffolk

"Painting the horse in motion" weekend run by Jennifer sendall and Ben Wardle

"I remember my first Horse painting attempts very clearly.....

sitting in a paddock wondering where to start... I was an experienced plein air painter, but it was still a struggle!" 

"I had painted horses from photographs, but sketching a live horse exercising presented so much information; colour, light, details, and so much movement!  My experience has taught me techniques that make the process so much easier. This is what I will share in this workshop." Jen Sendall 

A WHOLE WEEKEND CAPTURING THE HORSE LIVE ...IT'LL TRANSFORM YOUR WORK!

Have you noticed that working  from photographs can deaden things? Do you get tied down copying details that you might lose the excitement, poise and dynamic “swish” that horses embody? These workshops are designed to help you capture the essence of these wonderful creatures. You will learn 5 key practices that will enable you to produce much more accurate, expressive and original equine art.

This year we have expanded to include a Friday evening introduction and demo, which will help you to hit the ground running on the Saturday. 

Saturday morning we will have a short intro and demo. This year we have decided to have the long standing pose first, where we will look at getting the proportions right for a good start, followed by describing form through light and shadow. This will help build the foundation for the afternoon session in the paddock with the horses being put through their exercises as we draw or paint them. We will look at techniques useful for this scenario.

LEARN FIVE KEY PRACTICES

This course is designed to give you experience with 5 key practices so you can create accurate yet lively equine art.

  1. Working from life. Blyford Dairy Studios are on the site of working stables and we will be working live with the horses.
  2. Setting up easel and tools for ease and speed
  3. Preparation of painting surface and palette to simplify mixing to get the process to go smoothly.
  4. Work either with comparative measurement or “sight size” which helps eliminate errors of drawing and scale. 
  5. Managing brushwork and your thinking to create work that reflects the dynamic and lively aspects of living, breathing horses. 

Jennifer will be teaching in oils - her preferred medium - so she encourage those that use oils to bring them. However, most of the principles can be applied equally to watercolours, acrylics, drawing, pastels and Ben is experienced in mixed media, so feel welcome to use whatever medium you are most comfortable with.  You will receive notes on preparation and what materials to bring.

This is a challenging workshop that is well suited to practiced painters, and artists new to horse painting but experienced in other areas. Absolute beginners are welcome, but we recommend you work in charcoal in the afternoon, so you are not having to learn to manage paint and the moving horse at the same time.

MEET OUR HOSTS

Blyford Hall Farm is an old dairy farm now converted to stables and art studios. This is run by Ben and Annette Wardle, and their daughter Martha. Ben is a countryman and artist, who runs a private studio as well as manages the stables and classes with Annette, who focusses on the stables and teaching. Ben has a Masters in Arts Practice and will also be teaching when he is not dealing with the horses. Surrounded by lovely Suffolk countryside and under the famous Suffolk skies are stables, old barns, an ancient cart and gently rolling fields, Blyford Hall is a great place to get in touch with our rural heritage.

You should leave at the end of these sessions with a toolbox of techniques and practices that will help you to take your work to the next level. 

  • £160 for the whole weekend including the Friday demo and talk.
  • Single days at £85 per day are possible although preference will be given to those booking the whole weekend. 
  • Boards, charcoal and sketch paper can be supplied. Other materials must be brought, a suggested materials list will be provided
  • Lunch can be taken at the local pub, or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. Tea and coffee will be provided. 
  • Friday session runs from 19.00 to 20.30, and the Saturday and Sunday tutored day starts at 9.00am and finishes at 4.00pm.  You are welcome to remain and paint the lovely environs of the farmland and buildings for the remainder of the afternoon.
  • Because of the rough nature of farmyards and paddocks we would need advance warning of disability to ensure we can accommodate you. 

You should leave at the end of these sessions with a toolbox of techniques and practices that will help you to take your work to the next level. 

Please book by Eventbrite above. Places are limited. when we are fully booked the system should put applicants on a waiting list, and for our next event you will be top of the list. 

 

MEET OUR HOSTS

 Ben, Annette and Martha, our hosts at Blyford Hall

Ben, Annette and Martha, our hosts at Blyford Hall

The workshops are run at Blyford Hall Farm, an old dairy farm now converted to stables and art studios. This is run by Ben and Annette Wardle, and their daughter Martha. Ben is a countryman and artist, who runs a private studio as well as manages the stables and classes with Annette, who focusses on the stables and teaching. Ben has a Masters in Arts Practice and will be teaching when he is not dealing with the horses. Surrounded by lovely Suffolk countryside and under the famous Suffolk skies are stables, old barns, an ancient cart and gently rolling fields, Blyford Hall is a great place to get in touch with our rural heritage.

 

 

 

Once booked you will receive details and an information pack. Any enquiries please use the contact form at the top of the page.

Look forward to seeing you! Warmest Regards

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Blyford Dairy Studios, 

Blyford Hall,

near Halesworth,

SUFFOLK IP19 9JY