Keeping a Sketchbook Diary

With Claudia Myatt

Saturday 8 February 2020 in Woodbridge

This workshop also runs on Saturday 4 April 2020

Artist Claudia Myatt keeps wonderful watercolour sketchbook diaries of her travels, sailing adventures and everyday life in-between.

‘A Sketchbook is where you grow ideas.  It is your brain’s playground, a visual diary, the colourful, imperfect trace of your life.  It’s a place where no-one (especially you) can judge what goes on.  It’s a liberating habit to get into’

This workshop will offer the impetus to start your watercolour sketchbook diary, working fast and loose in pen and wash, experimenting with creative ways to record a colourful visual keepsake of your year.

To help you prepare we have provided a shortlist of suggested art materials to bring with you below. 

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.  A light lunch and refreshments are provided.

Cost:  £75 including VAT, with lunch and refreshments

Venue:  Art Safari Studio, The Harbourmasters Office, Ferry Quay, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1P12 1BW

Places must be pre-booked on 01394 382235

(You may also like to join Claudia on Friday 07 February for her ‘Drawing for the terrified’ workshop – call us for details on 01394 382235)

Keeping a sketchbook diary – what to bring

We will provide basic drawing kit – paper, pencils, pens, paints, drawing boards. Bring whatever sketchbooks you have and whatever drawing media you like to use, but if you’re shopping for materials, Claudia recommends:

  • A hardback sketchbook in a size that feels comfortable – anything around A4 is usually best. Most sketchbooks contain smooth drawing paper which also takes watercolour and other media; the more you play, the better the paper. Avoid spiral bound sketchbooks if you can (but if you already have one, that’s fine).
  • Pencils – 2B are most useful, though you can buy a full set of sketching pencils from 9B to HB if you prefer.
  • Pens – I will have sketching pens for you to try out, but again sets are easily available and not expensive.
  • For colour work, a small watercolour set is useful (Cotman is a good quality beginner set). Watercolour pencils vary in quality, but all are useful.  Derwent Inktense provide the best colour, but I will have various types for you to try if you’re not sure what you want to get.
  • Brushes – a couple of synthetic watercolour brushes in a size 3 and size 8 will do fine (round brushes should come to a fine point; you don’t need flat brushes, fan brushes or riggers)

If you have any questions, do get in touch.