Painting in the Garden | Summer

The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day’s intensive painting tuition, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden and surrounding grounds.

Suitable for improvers, this workshop will look at approaches to composition, with a particular emphasis on colour. Students may work in oil or acrylic. Easels and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints and brushes.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, a delicious lunch, tea and coffees.


The Garden in July

July sees roses galore including the pale butterfly-like petals of ‘Francis E. Leicester’ clambering through the apple tree, and ‘Eglantine’ enveloping the busts on top of the walls with their bright pink buds. ‘ Félicité Perpétue‘ cascades creamy white clusters of roses from the patio walls and the richly perfumed petals of the ‘Roseraie de l’Haÿ’ crowd the shadier borders.  The herbaceous borders zing with Red hot pokers, overarched by the spires of hollyhocks and bold, purple artichokes. Iris, poppy and Canterbury bells jostle for position and the Lilly buds start to swell.


About the artist:

Born in 1958 – Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has just finished exhibiting his exhibition ‘Carpe Diem’ at St. Anne’s Galleries in Lewes.

Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ‘Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century’,’ For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.’

Still Life with Rose Electra Harris

Using a mixture of drawing materials including inks, oil and chalk pastels, Rose will lead you through a variety of exercises to loosen you up and teach you to use colour and pattern in a new way.

Always inspired by the interior and everyday objects, Rose will create a number of still life sets to draw from throughout the day, inspired by Charleston and her favourite objects of the home, as well as flowers from the beautiful gardens.

Rose will focus on drawing things as you see them, rather than as they are. Rose finds in her own practice that distortion or abstraction of objects can often create a more effective result. Staying well away from the use of pencils and rubbers, Rose will encourage the class to be bold with pattern and colours and drawing with free and loose marks.

Along with her own work, Rose will reference work from the Bloomsbury artists as well as her other favourite artists.

This class is suitable for all levels.

About the tutor:

Rose Electra Harris (b.1991) is a London-based artist working mostly in drawing and printmaking, predominately in etching and screen-printing. She completed her BA Hons in Printmaking at Brighton University in 2015 and now works from her studio in South London.

Rose uses her work to explore the interior, creating dreamlike, surreal and vibrant interpretations of domestic spaces. To her, a room is an oasis and the things within it are what bring it to life. She reimagines the colourful dialogue that exists between space and furnishings, returning to certain imagery – chandeliers, lemon squeezers, chairs or freestanding baths – in her scenes, which make use of a singularly distorted perspective. She uses decorative motifs, exotic hues, intricate patterns and rich textures throughout her work. All of her pieces start life as drawings. Like most artists, Rose learned to draw before she learned to print, and although the majority of her work centres around the craft of printmaking, she feels drawn to ink and pastels.





Block printing with Molly Mahon

Experience the joy of block print with Molly Mahon in Charleston’s beautiful 17th-century barns.  This year Molly’s carefully curated workshops are ‘inspired by the English garden’ and the day will include a tour of the house as well as an introduction to Charleston’s garden with gardener Harry Hoblyn.  You will print and take away a runner and four matching napkins. Molly will bring carved wooden blocks to use, created exclusively for this series of workshops.

The price includes both private tours and all materials as well as a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Event runs from 10am to 3.30pm.