Railway Garden – an adventure in watercolour and oil sketching, with Sarah Knox

Saturday 15th July at 10:00am Sunday 16th July at 4:00pm

This weekend course is aimed at people with different levels of experience who would welcome one-to-one support and want to develop ideas and extend their creative approach.

Come and join Edinburgh artist Sarah Knox who is well-known for her atmospheric landscape painting and is brimming with enthusiasm about working en plein-air. She will share her tips about painting in all weathers and will talk you through her influences and techniques. Please look at Sarah’s website for inspiration.

Day 1 – we will seek inspiration outside and will draw with ink and stick, pastel or watercolour – searching out repeat motifs such as the lines of veg planting, the shapes and structures of sheds and beds or fellow artists drawing in the garden. Sarah will demonstrate how the process of making multiple drawings and paintings will inform our work the following day.

Day 2 – we will make oil sketches refining our ideas: using colour more adventurously and reimagining studies explored the day before. ‘Instead of trying to reproduce exactly what I have before my eyes, I use colour more arbitrarily, so as to express myself more forcibly’ Van Gogh 

The day will finish with sharing our artworks and reflection on our experience. 

Preparation: please bring visual resources – photos or sketches of gardens/ landscapes which we can refer to in the instance of bad weather and adapting to an indoor workshop. 

To book, please click on this Eventbrite link


  • Sketching stool (or option to take a chair outside)
  • Sketchbooks including watercolour pad 
  • Pencil-case & selection of drawing tools eg B pencils/charcoal/ erasers
  • Chalk and/ or oil pastels 
  • Brown ink and a stick 
  • Watercolours and range of brushes (different brushes from oil painting ones)
  • A3 drawing board with bulldog clips/ masking tape or drawing pins 
  • (A2 drawing boards are available at the venue) 
  • Oil paints 
  • Small canvases or tray boards (landscape shaped rather than square)
  • Sarah will bring primed paper as an option to work on re: oil painting. 
  • As many as possible – a range of brushes and cotton T shirt rags for oil painting 
  • Pure Turpentine and a small jar 
  • Refined linseed oil and a small jar
  • White spirit and a large jar 
  • An outdoor easel is welcome if you own one but this is optional 
  • Soap for brush cleaning and old clothes or apron
Upper Flat, Ladybank Station House, Victoria Street
Ladybank, Fife KY15 7JT United Kingdom
View Venue Website
£120, Plus Eventbrite booking fee. Includes some materials plus tea and coffee

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