Pembrokeshire paintbox

With dramatic cliffs and coves, hidden harbours, abundant wildlife and wildflowers, ruined castles and wooded creeks, Pembrokeshire has plenty to inspire… Artist tutor Claudia Myatt knows... Read more

VIRTUAL Wales £140pp
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Date
16 Nov - 19 Nov 2021


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Location(s)
Pembrokeshire, Wales
VIRTUAL / UK


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Tour content
Sketching, watercolours


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Tutor(s)
Claudia Myatt

A virtual sketching walk along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path with artist Claudia Myatt...

With dramatic cliffs and coves, hidden harbours, abundant wildlife and wildflowers, ruined castles and wooded creeks, Pembrokeshire has plenty to inspire…

Artist tutor Claudia Myatt knows this beautiful part of Wales very well and looks forward to sharing some of her favourite places with you. She will encourage you to fill your sketchbook pages in your own way and style as well as trying some new ideas; there will also be plenty of practical help and demonstrations on some of these tricky subjects:

  • travel sketchbook tools and techniques
  • colours of sea and sky
  • moving water and breaking waves
  • how to select and simplify a scene using thumbnail sketches
  • colours and textures of rock and stone
  • sketching wildlife and sea birds on the move
  • fields, hills and woodlands – mixing multiple greens

Claudia works in watercolour, mainly using line and wash techniques.  She loves drawing and painting on location, using hardbacked sketchbooks as a colourful travel diary and a place to grow ideas and inspiration. For this virtual holiday we will provide a file of reference photos for you to use with your course material and working sketches so that you can keep the creativity going once the course is over.

Note: you are welcome to bring whatever sketching and painting materials you like to use, but Claudia’s tuition will focus on line and tone drawing (pencils and sketching pens), watercolours, watercolour pencils.

How does it work?

All sessions start at 2pm GMT

Day 1: New sketchbooks and wide horizons

Introduction to the landscape and coastline of Pembrokeshire and some of the artists who have lived and worked there.

When you walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, that wide blue horizon will feature in almost every sketch – but how do you select what to draw and how to fit it onto a small page?  We’ll look at how to select a scene, the problems of drawing distance, and the colours of sea, sky and rock.

We’ll also look at materials and colour choices for drawing and painting on location. A change of art material can sometimes refresh your approach and help you to find your style, or you may prefer to improve your confidence and skill with the equipment you already use.

Day 2: Castles and Creeks

We’ll visit Carew Castle virtually and look at how to draw and paint the colours and textures of old stone, as well as the variety of compositions you can find within the dramatic shapes of this impressive castle.

In the tidal creeks and upper reaches of the beautiful Cleddau river, woodlands and sky are reflected in the water. This kind of landscape gives us the opportunity to mix dappled greens and focus on light, shadow and reflections.

Day 3:  Free time for your own paintings.

Day 4: Colourful harbours and clouds of puffins!

Today we zoom over to Tenby. This colourful harbour town is very popular with artists because there is so much to paint here.  We’ll explore the challenges of sketching beaches and boats, town houses and people.

A virtual boat trip to the island of Skomer gives us the chance to practice drawing on the move!  The island is famous for its seabirds and is surrounded by a swirl of guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, gannets and puffins. Using video and stills, we’ll look at how to do the impossible and sketch these fast-moving birds in a few lines and brushstrokes.

Final round up, feedback and questions, and a look at how to progress your sketchbook ideas, keep the inspiration going, and create more finished paintings.

Itinerary

Day 114:00 GMT: 3 hour live Zoom - tutorials, talks and tea
Day 214:00 GMT: 3 hour live Zoom - tutorials, talks and tea
Day 3Time to work on your own
Day 414:00 GMT: 2-3 hour live Zoom - critiques, demos and tea
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VIRTUAL TOUR COST:

This virtual Pembrokeshire painting tour costs £140pp

ZOOM:

The joining point for your Pembrokeshire tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES:

All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material and ideas, recipes and email contact.

OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:

Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Any questions, please ring us on 01394 382235 or info@artsafari.co.uk

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