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'Drawing as nature' workshop (Redburn Country Park)

October 13, 2023
Redburn Country Park Old Holywood Road Belfast BT4 2HL
14:00 - 17:00

An 'in the field' drawing workshop with artist and Senior Lecturer, Dan Shipsides (Belfast School of Art)

Approximately 3 hours

No experience or imagined 'talent' needed at all. In fact, existing 'artistry' might be a hinderance.

Dan will take a small group drawing in the local natural environment in the vicinity of Redburn Country Park, Holywood. 

Based on observation, spatial orientation, structural embodiment and being present, rather than picture making, Dan will tutor you to help you engage with a process of drawing that aims to create 'drawing as' rather than 'drawing of' nature - reality not representation.

Field easels, drawing boards, paper and drawing materials will be provided - all you need to do is turn up, be open and happy to let go of expectations and get your fingernails dirty! We will be walking a relatively short distance and the drawing activity will be standing (although if you're unable to do this we will endeavour find a way to accommodate your needs - please advise via

Dress for the weather, bring a bottle of water and small cloth (for washing hands).

If very wet we may need to postpone.

Please note: as this is a small-group workshop, if you register but are then unable to attend, please let us know in advance so we can reallocate your ticket.

Meet at 2pm at the main carpark of Redburn Country Park (off Old Hollywood Road, opposite the entrance to Palace Barracks). There is a bus stop (route E3) near by (5min walk from bus stop).

Dan can offer 6 people a lift from Ballyhackmore Glider stop (meet at 1.40pm) on a first-come first-served basis - please contact Calum at if you wish to do this

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