Artist workshops in the woods

PAINTER Rachel Sargent, who has her studio at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, has arranged a couple of artists’ workshops in July in Bonsley Woods near Durweston.

The Living Classroom, off Norton Lane, is set in a beautiful glade in the woods. Rachel says: “It is a great opportunity to spend the day walking, looking and drawing in a very unique environment as there is no vehicle access to the site outside of specified dates and courses.”

The project is run by the Dorset Coppice Group. It comprises an area of approximately 30 acres of mixed, broadleaved woodland known as Bonsley Wood, together with a classroom, toilets, water and power.

There are two workshops. The first is Drawing in the Woods, on Saturday 2nd July, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, an opportunity to learn more about drawing with charcoal. Explore different techniques to produce a variety of subtle and dramatic marks to capture the mystery and beauty of woods.

Making your Mark, on Saturday 30th, from 10.30am to 4pm, is a workshop to learn more about using paper, pen, ink, brush and natural drawing implements to explore ways of making bold marks and strong images.

All materials provided for both workshops. For more info, visit

Pictured are scenes in Bonsley Woods and the Living Classroom building.