Drawing from nature with Clare Belbin

Whether you are totally new to drawing or have past experience and are looking to rekindle a
love of the medium, this course will provide an inspiring artistic challenge. We will look at
the fundamental elements of drawing which can then provide you with the basic building
blocks to develop further; shape, line, rhythm and tone will all be explored. Subject matter
will be taken directly from the walled garden, which at this time of year is bursting with
form, shape and texture. This course is designed to inspire!

We will look at using graphite, charcoal and conte as well as the use of colour.
This course is one of two courses in creativity. The other course focuses on painting, details of which can be found here. They can either be booked together as they relate, or separately.

Who is the course for?

Anyone from complete beginners to those with experience wanting to refresh.


Paper, graphite, charcoal – these will be made available, but please feel free to bring your own.


• Start time: arrive 9.45am for 10.00am start
• Morning coffee/tea break: 10.45am – 11.00am
• Lunch: 12.30am – 1.15 pm
• Afternoon tea break: 2.45pm – 3.00pm
• Finish: 4.00pm

Lunch is not provided. The Vine House Café serves lunches and light refreshments or you can bring your own but please note, your own food cannot be consumed in the café.

About Clare

Clare Belbin Carlile studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and completed her
postgraduate in Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, exhibiting regularly since
then. Clare has been resident artist at Helmsley Walled Garden for a number of years and can be found most days throughout the year (in all weathers!) in one of the borders of the garden painting. She has extensive experience in teaching courses in creativity, as well as mindfulness