Creating a sketchbook diary

by Mary-Anne Bartlett on March 12, 2018

Using your sketchbook to record your world is an enjoyable and liberating way to paint and draw.  It allows you to spend time, connect and appreciate your surroundings.  It takes the pressure of the expectation that you have to complete a painting worth framing, it improves your drawing skills and helps you to see the world with an artist’s eye.

Join Claudia Myatt for a one day workshop full of techniques, ideas and encouragement to liven up your sketchbooks and gain confidence.  The course will focus on watercolours, pens and pencils, and is suitable for beginners as well as those who’ve got some experience with watercolours but need a bit of a boost.  Most of the day will be spent in the studio but weather permitting we will also spend time sketching on the veranda or quayside. Subjects we’ll cover include:

– Sketching materials – what works in studio doesn’t always work on location. A look at different paper, materials and ways of working.

– Basic watercolour sketching techniques – how to select colours quickly and simplify a scene.

– Overcoming fear of the empty page

– Using words and images together

– The beauty of fragments – when to paint a whole scene and when to focus on a tiny part of it.

– Ways of covering up mistakes and overcoming inhibitions

– Creative doodling, playfulness and mixed media

– Developing your own style

These workshops take place in Art Safari’s riverside studio, where there is a wealth of material to be seen from the balcony and around the quayside.  To help you prepare we provide a short list of suggested art materials to bring with you. 

A light lunch and refreshments are provided.

Cost:  £70, including lunch and refreshments

Must be pre-booked on 01394 382235 or

(You may also like to join Claudia on Saturday 9 March for her ‘Drawing for the terrified’ workshop – call us for details on 01394 382235)

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