Drawing workshop at The Wing


When we look at architecture, what do we see? And how do we see it in relation to its surroundings?

On Sunday 5 November 2017, artists of all levels of ability enjoyed a drawing workshop led by Marcia Teusink at the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne and were asked to think about these questions. The Wing building, which was designed by Folkestone architectural practice Godden Allen Lawn is inspired by the shape of a Spitfire and is one of of nine buildings and attractions along the trail. Click CHALKUP21  to view the full list of attractions.

Nineteen participants took part as we explored the grounds and fighter planes that inspired that architecture of the building through observational drawing. The drawers first studied the shapes of the Spitfire and Hurricane, for example noticing the angle of the wings of the Spitfire and the various markings on both aircraft. They also looked close up at the metalwork, the tiny cockpits and the curves of the edges of different parts. This investigation gave them an appreciation of what the architects of The Wing were thinking about when they turned their drawing boards towards the building itself. We heard more about the building and the site from Jules Gomez, manager of The Wing, during a tea break in the cockpit cafe. The final part of the workshop focussed on the incredible view of the sky and the sea that can be seen from The Wing and its grounds, imagining what the dog fights must have looked like and taking inspiration from archival photographs of the amazing contrail patterns left by the paths of the planes as they fought. The group produced amazing and innovative large drawings using charcoal, chalk and graphite on paper. (Marcia Teusink)


Thoroughly enjoyed the morning! … as you take time to study, observe and draw you begin to see a lot more.

Do you have the dates of the next drawing workshops I dont want to book my holiday and miss one?

I thoroughly enjoyed the morning, I haven’t been to the memorial since it was built and was quite awestruck by the building, my father was a Wing Commander during the war and responsible for keeping the planes flying so the RAF has a special place in my heart. The talk we had from the guide was a great input into understanding the intricate design of the “Wing”. It’s interesting that knowing the relationship between any building and artefacts influencing its design is not nearly so emotive as making visual research to connect the two. I found that after the preliminary work that I could experience and appreciate the building with a deeper understanding of the processes within its design.

I loved the shapes of the building  which very much mirrored the shapes of the Spitfire and Hurricane planes.

I very much enjoyed the workshop, and certainly have a new appreciation of the site and the building (which was new to me anyway). Drawing makes you really see things more clearly and appreciate the surroundings. I’ll keep my drawings safe and will be using some for creating a batik on fabric.

What a great setting, and concept. The clear and sunny day, plus the remarkable building and unique placement of Spitfire/Hurricane in the grounds, the setting high above the sea coupled with  an interesting sky, gave everyone a chance to express on paper what they saw and felt. Wonderful. Marcia is a most encouraging tutor/guide. One cannot envisage any of the other 8 trail buildings outshining ‘The Wing’, thought will be eager to find out!

Thank you to all who came along and participated. If you weren’t able to get a place, keep an eye out for our future events and workshops as there will be more to come.#CHALKUP21