Creative drawing and painting workshops at Bateman's

This autumn Bateman's is staging an exhibition of illustrations and paintings by Arthur Rackham, one of Britain's leading book illustrators. Famed for his depiction of fairies, goblins and witches, he was the perfect choice to illustrate Kipling's magical tale of 'Puck of Pook's Hill'.

Gunnera growing in September in the wild garden at Bateman's, East Sussex

Modern art interpretation by Emma Martin

Alongside the Arthur Rackham pictures in our exhibition will be those of Fine Art MA student, Emma Martin. Emma's research-led responses to Rackham's work will draw connections between illustration, fine art and fairy tales, and the history of the three within Sussex, England and globally.

Workshops with Emma

Each Friday during the exhibition period, Emma will be leading workshops to encourage budding artists of all painting abilities to unleash their imagination and create a work to take home. Participants will also have the opportunity to quiz Emma about her responses to the Rackham works.

All materials are provided for these workshops but participants may bring their own sketch books if they wish.

'Drawing creatively' workshop

On Fridays 15 & 29 September and 13 October, join Emma to create a number of imaginative, figurative works that can either be complete in their own right, or can be worked on further in the egg tempura painting workshop.

At this workshop participants will use ink pens, charcoal or pencil to draw from natural objects, discovering their beauty and some of the interesting characters who dwell within.

The session will also include a short talk and question/answer opportunity. The talk will be about the drawing process and how Emma, and Arthur Rackham, created images using the natural world for inspiration.

A highlight of this session will be the opportunity to see unfinished works by both artists which are only being made available to those attending the workshops.

'Painting with egg tempera' workshop

On Fridays 22 September and 6 & 20 October, this workshop will provide a taster of what it is like to work with egg tempera.

Enjoy the chance to mix up paint from pigment and egg yolk to create a small painting to take away with you. Emma will provide drawings copied from templates or you can use your own small drawing, perhaps one made during the 'Drawing creatively' workshop.

The short talk and question/answer session will focus on the painting process and Emma's passion for egg tempera. It will include an overview of the similarities and diffrences between Emma's work and that of Arthur Rackham.

The highlight of this session will be the opportunity to see evidence of the painting process used by both artists, which is again only being made available to those attending the workshop.

  • Workshops run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • £35 per person per workshop
  • Booking essential, call 0344 249 1895
  • All materials provided
  • Budding artists of all abilities welcome
  • Tea, coffee & biscuits refreshment break included