Suffolk SketchFest Programme

 

Suffolk SketchFest’s inspiring artist tutors include:-
Mary-Anne Bartlett, Claudia Myatt, Mark Boyd, Karen Pearson, Lorna Hamilton and others…  We’re here to share our knowledge, experience and skills of drawing and painting outdoors – and to celebrate the River Deben.

Please register and choose your events in advance on the booking form.  Only six people per group!  Remember to check your timings as you book – workshops last 50mins, demos 30mins, sketching walks last 50mins!

Friday 4 September


09.00-10.00 – Welcome, registration and warm up exercises  (included in your £25 registration fee)

Included in your registration fee is a free sketchwalk with one of our tutors, a free review as well as free submission of your sketches for the SketchFest online exhibition! It’s going to be a fun few days of sketching outdoors!  We will start the day with some great warm up exercises to help you with observation and how to make your subject choices.


09.00-11.00 – Coffee and pastries on the quay £4.50


From 09.00 – 45mins of one-to-one tuition. 5 sessions available during the day £30

Covid made us think!  You can book 45mins of one-to-one tuition with one of our tutors. Choose from these subjects:- the natural world, boats, landscape – and you can discuss with us in advance which media you want to work in – watercolour, pencil or acrylic!  Or simply come with an open mind!  Our tutors will wear masks. Limited availability.  Only 5 sessions available during the day with Mark Boyd, Claudia Myatt, Mary-Anne Bartlett, Karen Pearson, Lorna Hamilton


09.30 – Demo 1: Intro to Drawing £10

Lack of drawing skills can hold you back from making the most of outdoor sketching. Learn a few practical techniques to get you started and boost your confidence.

Led by Claudia Myatt / Karen Pearson


10.00 – Workshop 1: Intensive exercises for observation £15

Workshop 1: Intensive exercises for observation

Every time you look you take in more information – concentrating on ways of seeing, your tutor will show you eye-opening techniques to make your observation faster and will also make you faster at putting what you see down on the page.  The river will never look the same again!

Led by Mark Boyd and Mary-Anne Bartlett


10.00 – Workshop 2: Sketchbook diary – boats and harbours £15

Boats aren’t as difficult as you think! Our river is full of activity and this workshop is all about telling the stories of the boats and the harbour of Woodbridge.  You’ll also learn great sketchbooking techniques.

Led by Claudia Myatt and Lorna Hamilton


10.30 – Demo 2: Big brush, big skies – watercolour £10

We’re famous for our skies!  Flat landscapes make for huge skies – and make dramatic paintings!  Watch how artists paint skies – using different techniques to create clouds and a dynamic background to any watercolour.  Learn the watercolour techniques used by outdoor artists.

Led by: Mary-Anne Bartlett & Karen Pearson


11.00 – Guided sketching walk 1 FREE

Bring a sketchbook and join us for a walk!  This is a way of opening your eyes to this area of natural beauty and we hope you’ll learn sketching techniques that you’ll use forever.  On this 50 minute stop/start walk, you’ll be surprised at how many images you will come back with.  Your tutor will guide you and help you if you’re stuck.  (Distance covered less than one mile along the river wall)

Led by Mark Boyd / Claudia Myatt


11.00 – Demo 3: Drawing with coloured pencils £10

Coloured pencils are not just for children – they’re perfect for using on location to add colour to a scene. Learn about the different types, the many ways to use them and how to blend the colours you need.

Led by Lorna Hamilton


12.00-  Workshop 3: Kingston Water meadows £15

Inhabited by cows and birdlife, full of interesting plants, flanked by willows on one side and the drainage ditches below the river wall, the Kingston watermeadows could be scenes from Constable. Spend time sketching them with us.

Led by Mary-Anne Bartlett / Karen Pearson


12.00 – Workshop 4: Dry-point on the move £15

You can make a print quickly. Sketch from life and learn a travelling artist’s technique on how to make a print straight away.

Led by Mark Boyd


12.30 – Demo 4: Unlocking abstraction in acrylic £10

Moving away from detail and celebrating the scale, tones and colours of our landscape, this is an exciting way of seeing our familiar views and will help you unlock a new way of working.

Led by Lorna Hamilton


13.00 – Delicious packed lunch from The Table £9


14.00 – Demo 5: Landscape & the Tide Mill (sketching with watercolour) £10

The iconic Tide Mill features in thousands of paintings – and it’s always worth painting again – it’s bright white and beautiful and we’ll show you how to tackle this much-loved building.

Led by Karen Pearson / Mary-Anne Bartlett


14.30 – Workshop 5: Riverside scenes £15

Drawing the simple things around us is challenging and rewarding.  We take a moment to sketch the elements that make this river so special to us.  You will come back with a series of ideas and sketches.

Led by Mark Boyd / Mary-Anne Bartlett


15.00 – Guided sketching walk 2 FREE

Bring a sketchbook and join us for a walk!  This is a way of opening your eyes to this area of natural beauty and we hope you’ll learn sketching techniques that you’ll use forever.  On this 50 minute stop/start walk, you’ll be surprised at how many images you will come back with.  Your tutor will guide you and help you if you’re stuck.  (Distance covered less than one mile along the river wall).

Led by Karen Pearson / Claudia Myatt


15.30 – Workshop 6 – Sketching Nature (flora and fauna of the Deben) £15

The Deben’s area of outstanding natural beauty gives inspiring subject matter for a nature sketching session to help you create a diary of the river.

Led by Lorna Hamilton and Mark Boyd


16.00 – Get together and review and exhibition submissions FREE

Come back and show the tutors what you’ve been up to!  We’ll give you valuable tips on what has really worked and on how to improve further.  See what others have been doing and store up the good ideas for tomorrow! Take this time also to record your work for the online exhibition.

Led by SketchFest tutors


17.00 – Workshop 7: Tide Mill – Sketching inside and out £15

Woodbridge is fortunate to have a fully working tide mill on the quayside and we have arranged a private opening for SketchFest participants in small groups. You will be able see and sketch the workings of the mill as well as the mill wheel and the views from the deck.  You can also buy some freshly milled flour!

Led by Claudia Myatt and Karen Pearson


18.00 – Al fresco Supper £12.50

Only 30 tickets available for our al fresco supper from The Table – join us for bubbles + a yummy vegetarian or meat choice from The Table.


Saturday 5 September


08.00 –  Workshop 8 Early birds at low tide walk £15

Low tide is perfect for seeing wading birds on the shoreline and the soft colours of early morning can be great for sketching.

Led by  Mark Boyd / Mary-Anne Bartlett / Lorna Hamilton


09.00-10.00 –  Coffee and croissants on the quay £4.50


From 9am – 45mins of one-to-one tuition. Ask us for availability!!  £30

You can book 45mins of one-to-one tuition with one of our tutors. Choose from these subjects:- natural beauty, boats, landscape – and you can discuss with us in advance which media you want to work in – watercolour, pencil or acrylic!  Or simply come with an open mind!  Our tutors will wear masks.  Limited availability.  Only 5 sessions available during the day.

Led by Mark Boyd, Claudia Myatt, Mary-Anne Bartlett, Karen Pearson, Lorna Hamilton


09.30 – Demo 6: Intro to Drawing £10

Learn some exciting new techniques for improving your drawing skills, gain your own artistic voice in unique mark-making in outdoor sketching.

Led by Mark Boyd / Lorna Hamilton


09.30 – Demo 7: the colours of mud (watercolour) £10

The muted colours of nature can be challenging to paint without your palette turning to the wrong kind of mud. Learn a few tips on how to capture the subtle and ever changing colours of the tideline and salt marsh.

Led by Claudia Myatt / Karen Pearson


10.00 – Workshop 10: Intensive exercises for observation £15

Every time you look you take in more information – concentrating on ways of seeing, your tutor will show you eye-opening techniques to make your observation faster and will also make you faster at putting what you see down on the page.  The river will never look the same again!

Led by Mark Boyd and Mary-Anne Bartlett


10.30 – Demo 8: How to draw boats £10

Woodbridge harbour and the river is full of all sorts of boats, but you don’t to be a sailor to draw convincingly; it’s all down to observation. Learn a few tips to help tackle a subject that can seem daunting.

Led by Claudia Myatt / Mark Boyd


11.00 – Workshop 11: Finding freedom and joy in acrylic £15

Acrylic is a great outdoor medium and it’s fun to play with!  Experiment and enjoy the way it can help flow and composition.

Led by Lorna Hamilton / Karen Pearson


11.00 – Guided sketching walk 3 FREE

Bring a sketchbook and join us for a walk!  This is a way of opening your eyes to this area of natural beauty and we hope you’ll learn sketching techniques that you’ll use forever.  On this 50 minute stop/start walk, you’ll be surprised at how many images you will come back with.  Your tutor will guide you and help you if you’re stuck.  (Distance covered less than one mile along the river wall).

Led by Karen Pearson / Claudia Myatt


11.30 – Demo 9: Landscape river views £10

Learn a few tips on how to select a scene, where to place the horizon and how to create good compositions from the views around you.

Led by Mark Boyd / Mary-Anne Bartlett


12.00 – Workshop 12: Line and wash £15

Combining pen lines and watercolour washes is a traditional technique that enables you to create lively and effective sketches. Sketching pens will be available to borrow and to buy as you learn a few tricks of the trade.

Led by Claudia Myatt


13.00 – Delicious packed lunch from The Table £9


14.00 – Demo 10: Colour pencils on the go £10

Coloured pencils are not just for children – they’re perfect for using on location to add colour to a scene. Learn about the different types, the many ways to use them and how to blend the colours you need.

Led by Lorna Hamilton / Karen Pearson


14.30 – Workshop 14: Water and Reflections £15

The most appealing subjects can be the most challenging. An introduction to how light and water work together and the ways you can capture these ever changing illusions in lines, tones and shades.

Led by Claudia Myatt / Karen Pearson


15.00 – Guided sketching walk 4 FREE

Bring a sketchbook and join us for a walk!  This is a way of opening your eyes to this area of natural beauty and we hope you’ll learn sketching techniques that you’ll use forever.  On this 50 minute stop/start walk, you’ll be surprised at how many images you will come back with.  Your tutor will guide you and help you if you’re stuck.  (Distance covered less than one mile along the river wall).

Led by SketchFest tutors


15.30 – Workshop 15: Photography on the move £15


16.00 – Get together and review FREE

Come back and show the tutors what you’ve been up to!  We’ll give you tips on what has really worked and on how to improve further.  See what others have been doing and store up the good ideas for tomorrow!


17.00 – Workshop 7: Tide Mill – Sketching inside and out £15

Woodbridge is fortunate to have a fully working tide mill on the quayside and we have arranged a private opening for SketchFest participants in small groups. You will be able see and sketch the workings of the mill as well as the mill wheel and the views from the deck.  You can also buy some freshly milled flour!

Led by Claudia Myatt and Karen Pearson


18.00 – Al Fresco Supper

Join us for fish and chips on the River Wall – all welcome!  


Sunday 6 September


09.00-11.00 – Coffee and croissants on the quay £4.50


09.30 – Workshop 17: Early birds at low tide walk £15

Low tide is perfect for seeing wading birds on the shoreline and the soft colours of early morning can be great for sketching.

Led by Lorna Hamilton and Mary-Anne Bartlett


From 9am – 45mins of one-to-one tuition. Ask us for availability!!  £30

You can book 45mins of one-to-one tuition with one of our tutors. Choose from these subjects:- natural beauty, boats, landscape – and you can discuss with us in advance which media you want to work in – watercolour, pencil or acrylic!  Or simply come with an open mind!  Our tutors will wear masks. Limited availability.  Only 5 sessions available during the day.

Mark Boyd, Claudia Myatt, Mary-Anne Bartlett, Karen Pearson, Lorna Hamilton


10.00 – Demo 11: Sketching birds £10

The River Deben is home to many species of wading bird including curlews, lapwings, egrets and godwits. Learn how to draw birds from life with this demo from an artist who specialises in all things feathered.

Led by Mark Boyd


10.30 – Workshop 18: Journeying towards the abstract £15

Abstract art begins in the real world – playing with shapes, adding your own personal twist to your observations. Learn a few tips about how to move from representational to more abstract and individual artwork. 

Led by Lorna Hamilton


11.00 –  Demo 12: Placing people in landscape £10

Learn how to put people in landscape.  Our river is a place for walking, sailing, swimming and kayaking – and so let’s put people in our paintings!

Led by Karen Pearson / Mary-Anne Bartlett

 


11.00 – Feedback session and exhibition submissions FREE

Come back and show the tutors what you’ve been up to!  We’ll give you tips on what has really worked and on how to improve further.  See what others have been doing and store up the good ideas for the future!

Led by SketchFest tutors


11.30 – Workshop 20: Moods of the River – exploring colour £15

From bustling harbourside to quiet creeks where only the curlew call – landscape sketching is all about capturing the feeling of a place using all the artistic tools available.

Led by Mary-Anne Bartlett / Claudia Myatt


12.00 – Guided sketching walk 5 FREE

Bring a sketchbook and join us for a walk!  This is a way of opening your eyes to this area of natural beauty and we hope you’ll learn sketching techniques that you’ll use forever.  On this 50 stop/start walk, you’ll be surprised at how many images you will come back with.  Your tutor will guide you and help you if you’re stuck.  (Distance covered less than one mile along the river wall)

Led by Mark Boyd / Lorna Hamilton


12.00 – Demo 13: Big brushes & big skies in watercolour

We’re famous for our skies!  Flat landscapes make for huge skies – and make dramatic paintings!  Watch how artists paint skies – using different techniques to create clouds and a dynamic background to any watercolour.  Learn the watercolour techniques used by outdoor artists.

Led by: Mary-Anne Bartlett & Karen Pearson


13.00 – Delicious packed lunch from The Table £9


14.00 – Tutors Challenge FREE

Come and have some fun with us – we’ll paint live and large!

All SketchFest tutors


14.30 – Final gathering and exhibition submissions FREE


Prices

Demos & warm up exercises – 30mins – £10 per person
Workshops – 50mins £15 per person
one-to-one tuition – 40mins per session – £30

Lunches from the Table £9
Tea, Coffee and a pastry £4.50

Please register and book your events in advance.


Bring your own sketching materials – we’ll send you a list of the essentials in advance

Covid notice: Our groups will be limited to 6 people per session. Our tutors will wear masks. All of our events take place outdoors in the fresh air, whatever the weather.