The first workshop here at the Wooden House is 'Drawing with Rubbings' and I thought it was about time I told you something about the class and what we'll do...

Lots of students tell me they can't draw! But drawing is so much more than sitting down in front of your subject with a blank piece of white paper and a pencil, and trying to record every detail. There are many creative ways to 'draw'. We'll use the technique of making rubbings to be the basis of creative drawings. I reckon making rubbings is one of the most underrated and under-used techniques available to us. There's nothing better for easy, effective and fast results.

We'll explore line, shape and pattern and you'll be able to use lots of my print blocks and rubbing plates, but you'll also have the opportunity to make your own plates which of course, you will be able to take home.

I'll guide you through the whole process from making a good plate, taking effective rubbings, and most importantly what to do with them next. We'll add colour and use a range of other simple mixed media techniques to complete a number of compositions/designs. You'll end the day with a pile of exciting papers and can choose to take your work home with you as loose sheets or we can bind them into a unique sketchbook/art journal.

This one-day class is available on two different dates and takes place in our newly renovated 'Wooden House'. I'll provide all the materials you'll need, a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Places are limited as I'm keeping the class size small and friendly to ensure plenty of space to work and lots of individual attention from yours truly. Students of all levels of experience are very welcome.

Really hope you can come! Please email to reserve a place.

"Drawing with Rubbings"
A one-day workshop with Laura Kemshall
Venue: Wooden House Workshops, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
Date: Wednesday 25th or Sunday 29th March 2015, 10am - 4pm
Class fee: £65 to include use of studio equipment, all art materials, refreshments and snacks throughout the day and a homemade lunch.

Please email me at to reserve your place. To secure it, a deposit will be required, payable by cheque, online banking or PayPal. I'll email all the details.

Thanks for dropping by today. Don't forget, details of other Wooden House workshops can be found by clicking the tab at the top of this page.

I'm looking forward to welcoming you to a workshop really soon!



  1. I'm currently looking at honest for a C&G project so these images have given me an idea and I've not done any rubbings in my sketchbook. Would love to do the workshop but unfortunately I live a bit too far away.

  2. What a shame you're not closer. I have got students coming from quite a distance and staying overnight (there are lots of hotels/B&Bs nearby). If you decide to make a short break of it, just let me know and I can give you info on what's on offer near to us! Best of luck with your C&G course.

  3. Oh this is so tempting, but I'm already booked on the Altered Books day. Can I possibly justify 2?

    1. But of course! And the rubbings you'd make would be perfect for adding into your altered book...OK, OK, I'll stop it! ;-)


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