River Retreat


  • Tues 25th to Thursday 27th August, 2020
  • 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • £285/person
  • Mostly working outside by the river Dever, spacious studio with social distancing, separate entrance and exit, class limited to 8 people.
  • If you need accommodation please contact us.


At Hampshire Art studio we are delighted to welcome Katie Sollohub, First Prize winner of the prestigious 2020 Derwent Drawing Prize, announced in April this year.

This is a well deserved accolade for her work and exploratory drawing practice. Katie’s work is always fresh, innovative and exciting.

Katie Sollohub grew up in Winchester, by the River Itchen. We are delighted to have her teach with Hampshire Art studio for this Masterclass session – River Retreat Drawing Workshop.

This is a wonderful opportunity to share Katie’s excitement and enthusiasm for all the diversity and thrill of drawing. Her classes across the country sell out with many repeat students queuing for places. Katie has something very special to share with her students.


Course Details

time + river passes + ripples of light + cold depth

A river is a complex, beautiful setting. Sights, sounds, smells and emotions are triggered by the river and its environment. The River Dever, a Hampshire chalk stream, runs across the front of the studio at Bransbury.

Give yourself time to draw, drawing time, as the river passes; observe ripples of light on water, feel the cold depth, the movement, the flickering colour in reflections, the world above and below the surface, the bends and twists of the river.

And All was Light

Spend three days at this idyllic riverside studio, as close to the water’s edge as you could be. Sitting, watching, listening, reflecting, writing, drawing – in quiet contemplation, responding to all the senses. With plenty of space, you will be able to work inside the studio, and out on the riverbank.

Listen to the sounds, breathe in the smells, stay present to the sensation of being there, engaged with the art of looking, sensing, drawing.

Katie will be using guided meditation and mark-making exercises to help you settle into the space, find your own connection, use your breath and body to lead the process of drawing, through all the senses.

the world above and below the surface, the bends and twists of the river

On this course you will be guided through meditative exercises to help you find the confidence to record all the feelings of being in the space by the river. Explore different methods of drawing, recording and expressing yourself through your work.

This is an exciting and surprising approach drawing a space with an expert guide to help you.

During the course you can expect to fill a concertina sketchbook, inspired by the river, full of ideas for you to take away as a finished piece, or as a source of inspiration for your own work in the future. You will also be making a series of larger A1/A2 drawings and mixed media studies where you can really experiment, dare to be big and bold.


Materials for Katie Sollohub’s River Retreat Drawing Workshop

The Covid-19 virus measures mean we would like you to bring your own materials, picnic lunch, and coffee mugs and jars for water, ink, paint. There are chairs, tables, easels, boards for your use and we will make sure there are ample sanitisers, soap, and wipes.


Please bring the following materials with you for the course:

  • Drawing materials – especially willow charcoal
  • also pencils, pens, chalks (B&W)
  • inks – mainly black/Monochrome
  • black and white paint – gouache and acrylic
  • rubber
  • rags, kitchen towel
  • brushes and sponges
  • water pots and ink pots, palettes
  • glue and scissors, craft knife
  • masking tape (string – optional)
  • paper and sketchbooks – bring anything you like to work with for smaller studies, we will provide larger A1 paper
  • small drawing board if needed (we provide larger boards)

  • The studio provides:
  • A1 paperlarge rolls of paper
  • boards and easels
  • tea and coffee (please bring your own if you feel happier)
  • concertina sketchbooks will be available to buy from Katie at £6 each


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