DRAWN TO NATURE Drawing and mixed media inspired by natural history with Nik Pollard RCA

Drawing and mixed media inspired by natural history
with Nik Pollard RCA
Course Outline:

Rabley Drawing Centre is pleased to announce the return of this popular 3 day course studying the flora and fauna of surrounding hedgerows, woodlands, meadows and pond, led by artist/naturalist Nik Pollard RCA. The focus of the course will be on painting and drawing outside, complimented by the opportunity to plan and develop work in the well-equipped drawing studio.

With sessions tailored to the individual, group discussions and demonstrations, participants will enjoy 3 days immersed in nature. They will develop personal ways of working by playing with composition, exploring mark-making and discovering new ways of interpreting.

The course is suitable for beginners and for those with experience. You will receive individual and group tuition.

Nik will be assisted by Artist – Printmaker Amy-Jane Blackhall to ensure you have lots of individual attention and the best technical support to make the most creative use of your time with us.

Course includes:

Complimentary packed lunch
Materials – Basic Materials are supplied. Additional specialist materials are available at cost.

Participants will need to bring:

Personal art equipment
Waterproof clothing
Walking shoes / boots
Portable stool


Spacious Studio plus well equipped print room. You will be working on location within the 700 acres of farmland surrounding Rabley Drawing Centre.

About the Artist:

Nik Pollard’s work stems from a passion for the natural world and is generated from sustained, direct observation. He makes drawings and paintings in the field and develops ideas in the studio.

A period of dedicated study at single or related locations is a necessary part of Nik’s process. He makes repeated visits to gain familiarity with an area. He builds a knowledge and understanding of the rhythms and characteristics particular to a place and its inhabitants during that time.

Nik explores different ways of working, developing a visual language that will enable him to interpret what he has seen, felt and experienced. Working with a range of mediums, he focuses on the essential aspects of what it is he wants to say, whether it is responding to an instance or exploring a narrative.

About Rabley Drawing Centre

Rabley Drawing Centre is located on the Ainslie family arable and dairy farm in the heart of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. The farm is a higher-level conservation farm with extensive meadow, wild bird feeding areas and special habitats and woodland. This unique environment includes ancient burial mounds, Iron Age earthworks and the Roman road to the Roman settlement of Cunetio. Rabley Drawing Centre occupies a series of spacious Victorian red brick barns that now provide a beautiful gallery, drawing studio and well-equipped print room.



Group Size: Max 9 (Min 7)
Course Dates: Fri 17 – Sun 19 July 2020
Times: 9.30 – 5pm
Course Duration: 3 days
Course Fee: £485
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10% Returning Discount

If you have attended a course at Rabley in 2019-2020 please email us to request your discount code. [email protected]

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Is this the right course for you? Please contact us if you have any queries.

Tel: 07754 011399
email: [email protected]
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