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Drawing to deepen our connection to the landscape

Wed, 16 June 2021 @ 13:00 - 16:30

An observational walk from Hopeman to Cove Bay and back. Participants will be guided in ways of seeing, absorbing and recording key elements of the surroundings to make an art journal of the walk.

Discover a new way of seeing. Directing the way we observe the landscape, and encouraging us to spend time there will mean each individual’s observation will promote personal absorption of the landscape and a sense of deepened connection. The process of observation and committing our observations to paper is the main focus of the workshop, rather than the quality or accuracy of the works produced so suitable for all levels of artistic skill-whether you think you can draw or not.
The group will meet at Hopeman East Beach car park. We will walk to Cove Bay and back which is approximately 2 miles. Along the route, there will be places we pause and reflect on what we see or hear, sometimes verbally and sometimes with mark-making. Our main observations will take place at Cove Bay where we will remain for a longer period of time. By following guided exercises we will all experience an enhanced perception of our surroundings. Basic art materials will be provided for the exercises.

Alison studied at Edinburgh College of Art and her early career was in animation including Oscar nominated “Fireman Sam” and “AArdman Animations”. Alison now works from her studio in Duffus, Moray, specialising in Scottish landscapes and seascapes.

Alison visits Cove Bay daily and each day the beach is refreshed; smooth sand, new pebbles, new rock pools. Whilst observing the beach subconscious responses will also come into play. It is not just what you see but how you see it. Alison is warmly inviting you to join her as she walks to Cove Bay and shares techniques that will help you observe nature in greater detail by making small sketches.

Event Details

Wed, 16 June 2021
13:00 - 16:30
£15.00 – £20.00
2 miles / 3.2 km
Easy Plus (info)
Alison Johnston
Sorry, dogs are not allowed
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Please dress appropriately for the weather on the day (waterproofs or sunscreen). Water or a flask to drink and some snacks may be a good idea, and perhaps a mat or waterproof bag to sit on. The route is along the main paths of grass/sand with some short inclines. We will leave the paths to make observations as we journey and to go down the fairly steep route to Cove Bay.

Basic art materials will be supplied.


Alison Johnston
01343 831393
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Venue / Start

Hopeman Beach Car Park
21 Sea Park
Hopeman, IV30 5RY

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