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'Drawn to Water' All-day workshop sketching boats and waterside buildings.

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Yorkshire Waterways Museum

Dutch River Side

Goole

DN14 5TB

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A tutored day sketching boats and waterside buildings at the port of Goole, including a specially chartered boat trip around the busy port.

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Goole is Britain’s furthest inland port and the birthplace of premier Victorian pierhead painter Reuben Chappell. Chappell spent a large part of his working life painting the ships and boats of the port, and his surviving sketchbooks show how he went about gathering the details necessary to complete more than 12,000 commissioned paintings.

The pages of his sketchbooks are covered with uncomplicated and workmanlike pencil drawings with a surety of line that results from a deep understanding of his subject. Where he needed to be reminded of the colours, he did so with expressive washes of watercolour.

Join Peter David Scott at the Yorkshire Waterways Museum, sketching the boats and historic buildings along the busy working canal and in the modern port. There will be short demonstrations and one-to-one help with getting your subject quickly and accurately onto the paper.

The workshop is suitable for all levels of ability, it is advisable to have at least a little drawing and painting experience to get the most from the day.

We will meet in the cafe and reception area of the museum.

Peter will talk about ways to approach sketching the boats and waterside buildings and we will view the museums original Reuben Chappell paintings.

You will be given a small A5 sketchbook suitable for both drawing and painting, a perfect size to hold whilst working.

The workshop will then be split into three sessions.

Session 1

We will be focussing on shape, form and texture as we make sketches along the quayside near the museum. There are various moored barges, historic boats and waterside equipment to provide ample subjects, including the row of preserved Tom-puddings. You may also wish to make a sketch of broader landscape.

This first session can be in pencil, pen, charcoal, or watercolour (in a limited range of colours). There will be two marquees set up for shade (or shelter in the event of rain).

Session 2

We will leave the museum gates a short walk of about 50 metres and set up on the grass verge by the marina and boatyard. We will be choosing just a small part of the busy scene to paint a single picture in colour. This can be in watercolour or pencil crayon.

There are lots of different brightly painted narrowboats and pleasure boats to paint, along with their reflections.

If you prefer a natural subject to draw and paint, there are inquisitive ducks, swans and cygnets are usually present among the moorings or you can choose to face the other way and paint Vermuyden’s Dutch River looking out over farmland toward the moors.

Session 3

After lunch at the café, we will be leaving dry land and embarking on a specially chartered boat trip on the Aire and Calder Navigation. First stop is the last remaining wooden Coal Hoist where we will tie up for a short while to draw. This building is unique to Goole and was designed to lift the Tom-puddings from the water and empty their coal into waiting railway trucks.

From here we will head further into the working port, doing very quick thumbnail sketches as we go. There will be lots to draw, bridges, cranes and quaysides and hopefully some large ocean going ships, which we will view close up and from water level. We will tie up again near the historic Lowther Hotel (officially the oldest hotel in the UK), from where you can sketch the hotel, the tall spire of the parish church reflected in the dock, or the iron arch of the Aire Street Bridge. On our return to the museum, we will have chance to finish a few of our earlier sketches, and discuss the results of the day.

Peter David Scott is a locally based artist and book illustrator. He illustrated the successful book ‘Notable Boats’ which was published in the UK by Ivy Press and in the US by Rizzoli. He is currently working on a new book ‘For the Love of Boats’ for a publisher in Maine.

The Museum has adequate free parking, toilet facilities and a café, where lunches and hot drinks are available to buy. There is also a small gift shop.

(The order of these sessions may change in the event of excessive shipping movements on the day.)

What is supplied:-

A5 watercolour sketchbook (Used in sessions 1 and 3)

What to bring:-

Pencil and eraser. ( either HB, B or 2B )

Any size pad of watercolour paper (we only need one sheet, the rest of the pad is to rest on).

A small set of watercolour paints (preferably dry pans with a lid for mixing) OR pencil crayons.

A jam jar or similar for water.

Something to sit on, a lightweight folding chair or fishing stool.

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