One line, one walk, three days – a drawing course with Caroline Wendling

Ref: SLW32014

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About this course

Explore the changes in the landscape on the West Dean Estate and make works that transcribe your experiences of one walk repeated over three days using a variety of drawing methods and materials. You must be able to walk confidently on uneven terrain.

Course Description

The course is designed to make you aware of the ever changing nature of a specific outside space. You will be walking every day on the wider West Dean Estate along a country pathway, taking on some of the Monarch’s way. The first and second day will be a three hour walk, with a one and a half hour walk on the final day. The course is designed to teach you ways of producing drawings inspired by the landscape.

On day one, your tutor will help you to see and notice the world around you as you walk. Then, back in the studio, you will be taught how to make use of your experiences and the memory of the walk through drawing. Drawing and mark-making will be considered in the context of place.

Day two will focus on recording the outside space through specific drawing exercises during the walk. Back in the studio, you will be taught to develop your sketches and drawings for the development of at least one in-depth drawing.

Day three will give you the chance to consolidate your findings and experiments. You will repeat the walk again with an intention, and you will learn how to harness and make the most of that intention so that it feeds into your drawings in the studio.

At the end of the course, you will have learned a methodology for working from the landscape. You will have understood how you might develop and use it for the making of drawings and more.

Your tutor will work with you individually, and will also encourage you to share with the group and learn from it.

Please note, this is a physical course as you will be walking 4 miles (6.5km) per day on uneven terrain and with steep slopes that can be muddy in places, depending on the weather. Then, when back in the studio, you will be carrying on working with information from that morning’s walk. You will be walking in all weather, so please bring suitable waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. Please make sure that you are fit and able to walk this distance on uneven terrain on a country pathway on the West Dean wider estate.

Course Materials


  • Samples of paper (watercolour paper and drawing paper), ink and charcoal

What students need to bring

  • Good walking shoes/boots
  • A small backpack for your water and snack
  • Waterproof clothes/footwear if changeable wet weather, or sun cream and hat if hot
  • Water bottle
  • A small sketchbook to fit in your hands, A5 or similar
  • All your favourite drawing equipment and paper
  • Any items from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Selection of papers, sketchbooks and drawing materials
  • Japanese drawing brushes and drawing inks

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals). Good sturdy footwear is essential for this course as you will be walking on uneven ground. The walk each day is approximately 4 miles (6.5 km) long. Please make sure that you are fit and able to walk this distance on uneven terrain with some steep slopes that can be muddy in places. Please come prepared for any weather with suitable layers/waterproofs or hat/suncream.


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


Caroline Wendling Tutor at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Caroline Wendling

Core Team Tutor - Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Short Course Tutor

Caroline Wendling's work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imagings of sites. She takes her audience on a physical, sensory and emotional journey leaving them with a poetic encounter and a story to tell.


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

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