22/03/201823/03/2018: 9.30a.m. - 5.30.p.m. (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent
12 artists: No places available - £120

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Course Info

A 2- day workshop exploring, interpreting/translating the novel - narrative, plot, image, character, location, emotion, sensation- into painting.

The choice of novel (or poem) is down to each individual artist. In advance of the course, artists are asked to read and re-read their chosen novel (or poem) and formulate ideas and possibilities for painting to explore during the workshop.

Ashley Hanson talking about his ‘City of Glass’ series from Paul Auster’s novel ‘The New York Trilogy:      ‘It is thrilling to be working from another artform, combining images sourced from narrative and text with memories of my own experience of New York. As a painter I can relate to Auster’s striking imagery and complex layerings of identity and truth and his acknowledgement and explorations of chance’  

The workshop will begin will a brief talk about the relationship between artists and the novel, followed by the laying down of ideas in a short drawing session.  The rest of the time will be devoted to painting.

At 3.15 on Friday afternoon we’ll clear the studio in preparation for an invaluable Group Critique to start at 4pm.

Our studio is in the Performance Space in the basement at Creek Creative. Access is through the door on the left as you enter the building. If the room is not being used, artists will be able to drop off their stuff on Wednesday afternoon, in which case I’ll be there from 3pm setting up the space. I'll confirm nearer the time whether we have access on Wednesday. Alternatively, artists can also enter/drop off their stuff via the Fire Exit at the rear of the building on Thursday morning from 8.30am or through the front entrance from 9am. Lunch will be from 12.15 to 1pm both days. There is a fantastic café at Creek Creative and lunch can be ordered in advance.  There will kettle, tea and coffee in the studio but please bring along a mug/cup!

What To Bring

Easels, tables, chairs are supplied. A recommended materials list will be emailed to participants a month in advance of the workshop.

Getting There

Follow this link to the Creek-Creative website, with location map, parking details and train times. 

About Your Tutor

Ashley has over 30 years experience as a professional artist and an experienced, knowledgeable and generous teacher. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University and the National Academy of Art, Bergen, Norway and since 2009 has been running his own independent courses and workshops in Cornwall and Kent, ensuring that the teaching you will receive throughout the course will be of the highest standard. Ashley's paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. His work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Discerning Eye and the National Open Art Exhibition. He has been a recipient of the Boise Travel Scholarship form the Slade School of Art and is a former prizewinner of the Hunting Art Prizes.


Follow this link http://www.faversham.org/visit_faversham/accommodation.aspx for Accommodation options in Faversham and nearby. Artists may also wish to consider accommodation in Whitstable or Canterbury, a short train or car journey away.

Terms and Conditions

Please request a Booking Form by clicking on the Book Now link above or by calling Ashley on 01208 77656 or 07534 043845.

In a change this year, we are no longer taking deposits.Please complete the booking form and send full payment of £120 at time of booking, 

Once payment has been received, we will send you confirmation by email of your place on the course.(Please note your place is not confirmed until we have received the booking form and payment.)

Please note we need a minimum number people for this course to go ahead.If for any reason we do not meet the required number of people, then your payment will be refunded in full.

Otherwise, please note the fee is non-refundable.If we are oversubscribed, we’ll put you on a waiting list.