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Making at the Mill: Art in the Mill Grounds with Ruth Gray

Artist Ruth Gray paints the view of Willersley Castle from Scarthin Rock
Sunday, October 25, 2020

Experience ‘Plein Air’ (outdoor) painting under the guidance of artist Ruth Gray.

Taking the mill surrounds as your inspiration spend time observing, sketching, and painting. Learn to understand how light changes what you are seeing and how to capture a live scene.

Upon arrival at the mill yard you will have an individual introduction from Ruth Gray. Social distancing will be observed in line with government guidelines; please wear a face covering. You will then have the opportunity to choose your spot and set up your painting materials either within the historic mill yard or stunning riverside nature area in front of St Mary’s church. Ruth will rotate around the painters, offering tips and guidance as needed.

After the morning facilitated session, use your observations to create a finished piece in your own time either back at home or stay on for the rest of the afternoon. (Please note, the mill yard closes at 5.)

At the end of the session, each participant will go home with an experience of observing and capturing the subtle changes that occur when working outside.

Suitable for improvers and practicing artists wanting to spend time gaining new experience in beautiful surroundings. Due to COVID restrictions please bring your own materials.

Suggested materials:
Sketch book, pencil, pastels, charcoal.
Any type of paint, brushes, apron, old cloth, pallet, bottle of water for cleaning and painting with, water pot, small canvas, paper, easel, chair.
Waterproof clothing, warm clothing. This event will go ahead whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately.

A voucher is included in the ticket price for a free hot drink from the café. Please bring a face covering to use when ordering, as well as for all interactions with Ruth and other staff members.

Book your ticket and individual socially-distanced start time online at Slots available every 5 minutes from 10.15-10.40am.

Cost: £5 per person

Duration of session: 2 hours