Drawing with the Brush – draw nature your own, unique way. A practical 4 day course on how to use the brush to create the beauty around you.

Explore marks, lines and texture to create leaves, flowers, and landscapes. Find the peacefulness through the process.

The course will teach you to be in the moment where easy mark making to brush practice will open up a world of  intuition and spontaneity. Nature is the perfect subject as it will always offer a sanctuary, because it is real.

Join Christine Forbes for a residential 4 day course ( 3 nights) at Riverside Cottage and Studio, along side the River Dever.


Christine Forbes – Artist in Residence

Christine is providing a 4 day course about her book ‘Drawing with the Brush’

June 2nd – 5th 2023

Student residential stay x3 nights full board (with one eve meal in the pub ‘dutch’)


Join, Clare and Christine as a guest of Riverside Cottage in a private or shared room. Bed and Breakfast, lunch and dinner served except for one night in the local pub, where we all pay our own way.

Arrive Friday morning in time for 4 days of ‘Drawing with the Brush’ an Indian Ink mark making course combining the discipline of brush technique with the expansiveness of wash. Learn how to use just one or two brushes in lots of different ways following demonstrated exercises from Christine’s new book. These are then combined with more explorative wash work using large brushes.

This structured course will encourage you to be bold as ink is permanent. Focused brush practice will open up a realm of spontaneity as the course progresses. Small exercises from natural forms build into more confident brush marks through experimentation. The alchemy of ink and paper gradually progress towards some completed compositions.

Using the days of practise you will finish with looking into nature along the River Dever for inspiration, and produce a finished art piece, for a small show and critique at the end of the 4 days.

Practical support throughout.


a full list of required materials will be supplied on booking

Christine will supply  black Indian ink for practice but we ask you to bring a mini 6 pack of coloured inks, or similar (Koh-i-nor do a set) and any other colours you would like to use.

Everyone will be given Christine’s book with the course.



Christine an Artist in Residence at Riverside Cottage, Hampshire

She will be teaching during the day 10 am – 4 pm and will be using the studio for her own practice in the evenings. She is happy for anyone to be there with her but there will not be any tuition.

x4 day course June 2nd – 5th 10 am – 4 pm each day

Residential: £499 3 nights plus 4 day course

Supplement; £50 supplement for private room

Course only; £340 for 4 day course – lunch provided

For those staying we will be going to the pub for one evening meal which is to be paid for individually

Those students doing the course ONLY are welcome to join us.