Suffolk SketchFest Programme 2021

Suffolk SketchFest’s inspiring artist tutors include:-
Mary-Anne Bartlett, Claudia Myatt, Mark Boyd, Karen Pearson, Lorna Hamilton, Paul Green, Vicki Norman, Hilary Geelan and maybe 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 10 people per group!

Remember to check your timings as you book so your timings don’t clash!

Workshops last 50mins, demos 30mins, sketching walks last 50mins!  New half day workshops last 2.5-3hrs.

Please note that there may be more than one group per workshop and time slot and that tutors may change.

Friday 3 September


09.00-10.00 – Welcome, meet the tutors and registration

Included in your registration fee is one free Sketchwalk with one of our tutors, as well as free submission of your sketches for the Suffolk SketchFest online exhibition! It’s going to be a fun few days of sketching outdoors!  


From 09.00 – 45mins of one-to-one tuition and feedback on your artwork. 4 sessions available during the day £30

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!  Limited availability.  


09.30 – Demo: 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: 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


10.00 – Workshop: Sketching 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 / Vicki Norman


10.00 – Half Day Workshop: Making a Coptic bound Sketchbook £40

Learn how to make your own beautiful sketchbooks.  These book-binding techniques will allow you to choose your own paper, personalise your sketchbook and save you a pretty penny in the future.

Led by Hilary Geelan


10.30 – Demo: An expanse of Sky in 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: Karen Pearson


11.00 – Guided sketching walk 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: 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


11.00 – Demo: Cafe Culture £10

Join our artists at one of the riverfront cafes as they demonstrate how they use their cafe time – for new observation, or for completing half-drawn sketches, for catching moments when other’s aren’t looking – and learn some of the tips of the trade.  To make the most of the demo, please buy your coffee beforehand.

Led by Art Safari artists / Vicki Norman


12.00 – Workshop: Vibrant Inks and Negative Spaces £15

Work with intense colour inks in an exciting workshop to explore the strong shapes of the riverfront, using details of the barges and houseboats for your sketches.

Led by Karen Pearson


12.00 – Workshop: 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


12.30 – Demo: Drawing with Scissors, birds in flight £10

Cut and create collage while you’re outside.  This direct method is exciting and makes you simplify your shapes and observations, creating fantastic results.

Led by Mark Boyd


12.30 – Demo: 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 – LUNCH TIME


14.00 – Demo: 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


14.00 – Under 16s Workshop: Paint and sketch outdoors £15

Intro to outdoor sketching for youngsters – learn the techniques of a professional artist

Led by Lorna Hamilton


14.30 – Workshop: Be wild, be creative £15

Take an exciting approach to looking at the river and its nature – being bold with your marks and your painting style.  Using innovative approaches to make your sketches contemporary, fun and full of character, you will come back with a series of ideas and sketches.

Led by Mark Boyd / Mary-Anne Bartlett


15.00 – Guided sketching walk 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 / Hilary Geelan


15.30 – Workshop: Exploring curiosity and wonder in nature  £15

Create playful and inquisitive sketchbook diary pages of the river, with guidance on what to look for, how to make nature notes and how to store the sense of wonder on paper.  The Deben’s area of outstanding natural beauty gives inspiring subjects for nature sketching. 

Led by Lorna Hamilton / Mark Boyd


15.30 – Workshop: Maritime Details £15

Knots, chains, anchors, rudders, halyards, portholes, buoys, baggywrinkles, so oh much more – make pages of nautical details from the boats on the quays 

Led by Claudia Myatt / Vicki Norman


17.00 – Workshop: Tide Mill – Sketching inside the mill £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 / Karen Pearson


18.00 – Al fresco Supper £18

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


Saturday 4 September


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


08.00 – Early Birds £15

Join us for a birding walk with your sketchbook before the day really begins.  It’s a great time of day to listen, observe and sketch.

Led by Mark Boyd / Art Safari Artists


09.30 – Demo: 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: 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: A Conversation with your painting £15

Allowing ourselves to have a conversation with a painting permits us to move into our feelings and towards abstraction.  You will find yourself expressing yourself more, moving away from painting solely what you see so that your artwork comes from inside you. So satisfying!

Led by Claudia Myatt / Vicki Norman


10.00 – Workshop: 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 / Mary-Anne Bartlett


10.00 – Half Day Workshop: Wire Sculpture bird drawings £40

Learn the art of making birds from coloured wire to create delightful sculptures.  Sketching in three dimensions with wire is a great way of stretching your mind and your observational skills. 

Led by Paul Green


10.30 – Workshop: Finding colour and expression 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 – Workshop: Drawing with Scissors, collage on the go £15

Matisse on the go!  Cut and create collage while you’re outside.  This direct method is exciting and makes you simplify your shapes and observations, creating fantastic results.  If it’s windy we’ll be indoors.

Led by Mark Boyd


11.00 – Demo: Cafe Culture £10

Join our artists at one of the riverfront cafes as they demonstrate how they use their cafe time – for new observation, or for completing half-drawn sketches, for catching moments when other’s aren’t looking – and learn some of the tips of the trade.  To make the most of the demo, please buy your coffee beforehand.

Led by Vicki Norman


11.00 – Guided sketching walk 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 Claudia Myatt


11.30 – Demo: Composition and Colour mapping £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.  Also learn the wonderful tricks of colour mapping.

Led by Vicki Norman / Mary-Anne Bartlett


12.30 – Workshop: 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 Mark Boyd / Claudia Myatt


12.30 – Demo: The language of lines and drawing £10

Learn how to explore the quality of line, the strength of tone and that wonderful feeling of release as a pencil finds its mark.

Led by Lorna Hamilton / Vicki Norman 


13.00 – LUNCH TIME


14.00 – Demo: 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


14.00 – Half Day workshop: An Artist’s Compass £40

Spend an afternoon concentrating on views from the points of the compass, noticing changing light and shadows.  Settle into your painting and relax into composition, colour-mixing and layering your observations.  With 360 degree views from the river wall, you can choose to look inland or out to the river.

Led by Vicki Norman / Mary-Anne Bartlett 


14.30 – Workshop: 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 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


16.00 – Under 16s Workshop: Paint and sketch outdoors £15

Intro to outdoor sketching for youngsters – learn the techniques of a professional artist!

Led by Lorna Hamilton


16.00 – Demo: 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 / Karen Pearson


17.00 – Workshop: Tide Mill – Sketching inside the mill £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 5 September


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


09.00 – Early Birds £15

Join us for a birding walk with your sketchbook before the day really begins.  It’s a great time of day to listen, observe and sketch. 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 / Art Safari Artists


09.30 –  Demo: 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 


10.00 – Demo: The language of lines and drawing £10

Learn how to explore the quality of line, the strength of tone and that wonderful feeling of release as a pencil finds its mark.

Led by Lorna Hamilton


10.00 – Half Day workshop: Sketching Walk  £40 

Explore the riverine landscapes and estuarine wildlife of the area of outstanding natural beauty by walking along the river wall to find quiet painting spots where you can paint for longer.   

Led by Mark Boyd


10.00 – Half Day workshop: Elements of Botanical art outdoors

Delve into the wonderful world of botanical artwork so your sketchbook has even more fascination – from reeds to sea lavender, seaweed and salt plants, seedheads to grasses, the landscape here has plenty for us to focus on.  Learn the skill of botanical observation and illustrative technique.

Led by Hilary Geelan


10.30 – Demo: 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 Karen Pearson / Mary-Anne Bartlett


10.30 – Workshop: Journey 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 – Workshop: Life on the wall  £15 

Take time to explore the landscape of the area of outstanding natural beauty, concentrating on the river wall and how to place your wildlife or people realistically into your paintings to make spaces breath.   

Led by Karen Pearson / Mary-Anne Bartlett


11.00 – Demo: Cafe Culture £10

Join our artists at one of the riverfront cafes as they demonstrate how they use their cafe time – for new observation, or for completing half-drawn sketches, for catching moments when others aren’t looking – and learn some of the tips of the trade.  To make the most of the demo, please buy your coffee beforehand.

Led by Art Safari artists


12.00 –  Workshop: 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 


12.00 – Guided sketching walk 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 Lorna Hamilton


13.00 – Demo: Expanses of Sky – big brush watercolour

We’re famous for our Suffolk 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: Karen Pearson / Mary-Anne Bartlett


13.00 – LUNCHTIME


14.00 – FINAL GATHERING & PRIZE GIVING

Final gathering and exhibition submissions FREE.  There’s a prize giving too!

All participants and all SketchFest tutors


Prices

Demos & warm up exercises – 30mins – £10 per person

Workshops – 50mins £15 per person

Half-day workshops – £40

One-to-one tuition – 40mins per session – £30

There are many tempting places for coffees and treats, breakfasts and lunches along the river wall – we will let you choose where to go while you take your breaks.

Please register and book your events in advance.


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

Our groups will be limited to 10 people per session.  Please note that we may have last minute changes to the tutors.  All of our events take place outdoors in the fresh air, whatever the weather.