Drawing interiors on a large scale with Katie Sollohub

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About this course

Be inspired by the interior of West Dean College and be guided through a process of making small experimental studies in situ, to be translated into large scale expressive charcoal drawings in the studio.

Course Description

Drawing interiors can be a rich and rewarding subject, full of history and human presence, as well as of architectural interest. Rather than relying on perspective, this course encourages a multi-viewpoint approach, making small studies in situ, from which will come large expressive drawings in the studio.

You will be drawing with all your senses (eyes shut, drawing sound, etc) in the Oak Hall and surrounding interior spaces of West Dean College. You will be encouraged to make expressive and experimental studies on a small scale as you directly experience being in the space. Your tutor uses meditation exercises to help you tune into your senses and get into the right headspace for making drawings without expectation or judgement. Your drawings may be filled with gesture, colour, sound, light through the windows, footsteps on floorboards, pattern of carpets, details of objects. You will spend most of the first day in the house, with guided exercises, one-to-one tuition and group discussions.

On days 2 and 3, in the studio, you will experiment with working intuitively, from the remembered and felt experience, onto large rolls of paper, letting the drawing grow and expand. Guided meditations and memory exercises will help reconnect you with the original experience, as well as your studies. Think big, extend, add more paper, reach up to the roof beams with charcoal on sticks. Let this drawing become a meditation on sound, space and light.

You can expect to make at least one large scale drawing and a series of small studies. At the end of the course, you will have developed your drawing skills and gained confidence in expressing your own personal experience of an interior space. You will have experimented with making bold compositions with new ways of working and exciting mark-making.

Course Materials


  • On this course, the College will supply some of the materials, including cartridge paper, A5 soft back sketchbook, tissue paper, coloured paper, tracing paper, carbon paper, water soluble graphite pencil, water brush pen, masking tape, compressed charcoal and Pritt Stick, plus large rolls of cartridge paper to share amongt the group.

What students need to bring

  • For drawing in the house, a small A5 sketchbook will be provided, some papers etc. to experiment on.
  • Please bring: coloured pencils and/or graphite pencils, graphite sticks, rubber and rags
  • Any water-soluble pens/pencils you may have
  • For studio drawings, large paper will be provided. As a guideline please bring:
  • Charcoal
  • Black and white chalk
  • Graphite (also graphite powder is an option)
  • Pastels - oil and chalk
  • Pens, pencils, rubber and rags, as above
  • Posca pen for large pen marks (optional)
  • Ink - optional - with a large brush

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of general drawing materials are available to buy, including coloured pencils, graphite pencils, graphite sticks, rubbers, Pritt Stick, water soluble pencils and pens, charcoal, white chalk, graphite powder, oil pastels, chalk pastels, Posca pens, inks, brushes, masking tape and bulldog clips.
  • Available from tutor:
  • A1 cartridge paper
  • Additional large scale cartridge paper on a roll, available to buy per metre

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). You will be using charcoal and working large scale, so clothes are liable to get dirty in the process.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

General Information


Katie Sollohub

Katie studied Anthropology and Fine Art. She teaches freelance and in 2014 she received an Arts Council Award for a residency at Turner's House. Working in charcoal and oils, her work has been shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, the Lynne Painter Stainers Prize and the RA Summer Show.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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