Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Try out this new course in an unusual but expressive mix of media. Using ink drawing pens and artist-quality coloured pencils, enjoy interpreting landscapes based on the shore and its summer flora.

The techniques can be learned quickly and are easy to manage. You will learn to integrate the two media as you work, building up layers of rich colour and mark-making. The finished picture can be as dramatic or as subtle as you wish.

This is slow art but relaxing, rewarding and a bit different. You may have time to do just one image or several depending on your pace. There will be demonstrations and one-to-one help, with encouragement to work in your own style, using your chosen images or nature itself. There are techniques but no rules, so your work may surprise you with its individuality!

Tutor Helen Hanson was a professional etcher and has developed a style of working in ink and coloured pencil which creates a similar look. A long-time Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, Helen’s work has always used plants in context. Enjoy choosing some coastal flowers to include in your own work and really make the colours sing!

You will learn about

  • selection and composition
  • working in an integrated way
  • light and shade
  • proximity and distance
  • strength and delicacy
  • getting the balance right

Techniques include

  • mark-making in ink
  • blending and mixing coloured pencils
  • embossing, lifting out and special effects.

Tutor: Helen Hanson

Helen Hanson is a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, winner of the President's Award and a former Council Member of the Society of Women Artists. She was for many years a successful printmaker, exhibiting her landscape etchings in galleries and exhibitions throughout Britain. Always inspired by the natural world, she now concentrates on ink and coloured pencil landscape and botanical coloured pencil works and enjoys tutoring adults locally and at residential venues in the UK.

Example Timetable

Monday Evening:  Welcome and introduction

  • A look at how different artists use ink and/or coloured pencil
  • Planning the week – one work or a series?
  • Choosing an inspiring subject


  • Mark making in ink
  • Basic coloured pencil techniques
  • Integrating ink and coloured pencil creatively in landscape (examples from tutor’s work)
  • Small practice piece combining the two media
  • How to get the best out of your image compositionally
  • Cropping, masking and artistic licence
  • Drawing the basics and starting the image
  • Continuation of own work with individual help from tutor
  • More information about paper and coloured pencils


  • Establishing form, light, shade and distance
  • Adding depth
  • Continuation of own work with individual help from tutor


  • Strength and delicacy
  • Getting the balance of media right
  • Assessing necessary finishing touches
  • Continuation of own work with individual help from tutor


  • Continuation of own work with individual help from tutor
  • Knowing when to stop
  • Feedback session with questions

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident participants should arrive just before 5:00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4pm on the last day.  On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

  • Artist-quality coloured pencils (preferably non-watercolour, although these can be used dry) Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Artist or Procolour, Caran D’Ache Pablo or similar
  • Paper of your choice. Bristol board such as Strathmore Series 300 smooth, or hot-pressed watercolour paper if you like a slight texture. These can be purchased by the sheet from the tutor. NB Your work will not be large, so A4 is fine.
  • An HB pencil
  • A good pencil sharpener with a very sharp blade (Möbius & Ruppert two-holed round brass sharpeners are small but the best)
  • Erasers - putty and plastic
  • Waterproof Indian ink pens Faber Castell Pitt artist pens (SX, S, F, M) or Staedtler pigment liner pens (0.5, 0.3, 0.1 and ultra fine 0.05)
  • A sketch pad or cartridge paper for preliminary drawings
  • Small sheet of tracing paper
  • Masking tape/Ruler/Small spoon/Scalpel/
  • Embossers – optional - (Hobbycraft sell these)

Feel free to bring your own summer coastline photos or sketches. If you need inspiration the tutor will bring some seasonal images. NB It is always preferable to work on landscape that you have walked yourself and observed as you will also have absorbed the mood.

Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item