Katie Sollohub

Drawing and Painting Interiors
Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th October 2019

On this 3 day course you will spend at least one day on location at Beningbrough Hall making studies in situ, inspired by the place, the architecture, the light and atmosphere; noticing the details, the colour, objects, fabrics, pattern and textures; looking out of windows at the framed views. These studies will be quick and varied, in drawing materials and mixed media (depending on what is allowed by the location). You will be encouraged to experiment, to play with materials and approaches, but most importantly to really look, notice what you notice, and feel yourself in the space, so that on return to the studio, for the final 2 days, you not only have plenty of studies to work from but you will have absorbed the sense of place, the way you saw it, how it felt. You will be guided through exercises that make use of your studies, but also will use memory, meditation and writing to reconnect with your initial response to place. You will start 2 or 3 paintings to work on over the 2 days, whether to completion or as a start of an ongoing project.

About Katie

Katie studied Social Anthropology at Sussex University and Fine Art at Northbrook College Worthing, and has been teaching since 1997. Originating from Winchester she now lives and works in Shoreham by Sea on the South Coast.

Her love of interior spaces, and the objects, histories and lives within them has led her to a series of residencies in heritage properties in the South East, including JMW Turner’s House and Strawberry Hill House (as pictured top right), both in Twickenham. Her interest lies not just in the architectural spaces, and the formal qualities of light, form, structure, and colour, but also in the feeling of the place, the way she feels in the space, the effect these places have on the visitor, as they are often no longer lived in.

With each project comes a body of work, both drawings and paintings, which have been widely exhibited and sold to collections in the UK and abroad. Her drawings are usually charcoal, A1 or larger, an exploratory line leaving a sensitive mark as she looks about her. Her oil paintings, are like drawings in colour. Both are equally important in her work.


Well, I begin to be ashamed of my own magnificence - Strawberry Hill House - oil on board