Summer Serenity: Landscape in Ink and Coloured PencilProposed CourseCourse Cancelled
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBACourse Code: 3320-07


Try out this unique approach to landscape, integrating ink and coloured pencil without colouring in. Mark making in ink works well with the smooth textures of coloured pencil. Using a range of simple techniques, you will develop a watery landscape with appropriate surroundings and flora. Both the process and the subject create calm as you observe and interpret light, shade and detail. Bring your own images or choose from the tutor s inspiring collection.


There will be a very brief introduction to the various makes of coloured pencil and suitable paper types.
Students will learn the following skills:
Choosing an image (your own or one provided by the tutor, as you wish) or developing a working sketch;
Selecting, masking or cropping the image;
Minimal pencil guidelines and transfer of image;
Different types of mark making in ink with artist examples;
Layering and blending coloured pencil;
Embossing, lifting and texturing;
Creating foreground and distance effectively;
Balancing strength and delicacy;
Shadows and highlights;
Getting the balance of media right;
Finishing touches – edges, smooth finishes, strengthening and softening.
Teaching will be a mixture of demonstrations by the tutor and individual help. There will be a general feedback session on all the work at the end of the course.

Please bring with you

Artist quality coloured pencils (preferably non-watercolour, although these can be used dry if you have them) - Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Artist or Procolour, Caran D’Ache Pablo or similar;
Paper of your choice: I recommend Bristol Board such as Strathmore Series 300 (smooth or vellum finish) for ink and coloured pencil. (Please note that you will only need a small size (A4) as coloured pencil is decidedly slow art!);
An HB pencil;
A good pencil sharpener (Möbius & Ruppert round brass version is excellent);
Erasers – grey putty and standard plastic;
Faber Castell Pitt artist pens (SX, S, F, M) or Staedtler pigment liner pens (0.5, 0.3, 0.1 and ultra fine 0.05);
A sketch pad or cartridge paper for preliminary drawings;
Small sheet of tracing paper;
Masking tape/Ruler/Scalpel;
Bring your own river/lakeside photos, images or sketches if you wish, but please keep to the season. The tutor will provide plenty of inspiring images..
NB You may prefer to work on a landscape that you have walked yourself and observed in real life as you will have also absorbed the mood.
A selection of books will be available for reference on artists, coloured pencil techniques, mark making in ink, wildflowers and trees.

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

Assorted papers: Strathmore Bristol Board Series 300 (smooth and vellum) and coloured pencil specific papers (mostly 40p – £1 per sheet)


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Helen Hanson SBA

Helen Hanson SBA

Helen Hanson FSBA

Helen Hanson has always been interested in creating a “window on the wild”. At school she loved art but followed the family tradition of Languages and taught for 17 years before reinventing herself as an artist. She spent many years as a professional printmaker, exhibiting her landscape etchings throughout Britain. She was a member of Greenwich Printmakers for 23 years and a founder member of South Bank Printmakers. She has been in the Society of Botanical Artists for many years and was a winner of the President’s Award for her printmaking.

After years spent turning the press Helen decided to move into new territory, experimenting with landscape and botanical painting. Ten minutes into a coloured pencil class, she knew that she had found her next medium. A chance mixing of ink with coloured pencil led her into a new way of integrating the two media which she has firmly established as her own.


12th to 14th Aug 2020
Wednesday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Helen is a very relaxing and helpful tutor, with enough guidance, but not overwhelming for learning a new skill." (August 2018)

"Really enjoyable - good mix of instruction and leaving us to get on with it." (August 2018)

"Lovely venue. Lovely small group." (May 2019)