Art and photography classes at Wordsworth’s home

TWO Lakeland artists will be offering tuition in the house and grounds at Rydal Mount this summer.

Liz Wakelin will be offering sketching classes in the gardens where groups of up to ten people will have an exclusive opportunity to learn and develop artistic skills in the glorious setting of William Wordsworth’s former home, near Ambleside. 

Liz Wakelin

And award-winning photographer Chris Routledge will run workshops in producing cyanotypes. He will lead participants through the steps of preparing the light-sensitive cyanotype paper, capturing digital images of the house and gardens, and then transferring that digital image to acetate in order to print the final work.

Weather permitting, most of the day will be spent outside, but there’s plenty of cover if it rains. Each participant will go home with at least one print; those taking part are recommended to download the free photo-editing app ‘Snapseed’ to their phones before the workshop.

Cyanotype print, Chris Routledge

The workshops will be available on various dates to small groups, the first on May 21. They will run from noon till 4pm and tickets include £10 credit at the Schoolhouse Tearoom.

Liz Wakelin, a teacher for many years with a Visual Art degree from Winchester School of Art, aims to encourage the development of a sketchbook journal as a way of recording the Lake District. She is a predominately a sketchbook artist with a background steeped in the outdoors. Her current project is to create a visual record of a year in Lakeland for a book commissioned by publishers Inspired by Lakeland.

The artist at work

She says: “My sketchbooks accompany me on most of my walks, both long distance treks and short strolls. Sitting and sketching immerses me in a location far more than simply taking a photograph and thus holds deeper memories of the place.” Her first class will be on May 28.

The curator at Rydal Mount, Leo Finighan, said: “We are very pleased to be working our artist friends on these exciting projects. We believe there’s nowhere lovelier in the whole of Lakeland than the gardens here, with their views of the hills and two lakes. These classes will be very special indeed.”

For booking and more details see: https://www.rydalmount.co.uk/whats-on/

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