Welney – Sketching birds

Mark’s approach is so refreshing – he will help you find lines you never knew existed (and then lose them), he will make you think about... Read more

£75 pp/day or £140 pp for 2 days
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01 Nov - 02 Nov 2020

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Welney Wetland Centre

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Drawing, watercolours

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Mark Boyd

This exciting two-day workshop will provide plenty of insights into drawing wildlife and wild places, open your eyes to the character of birds, and enthuse your drawings and paintings with the beauty of the natural world.

Mark’s approach is so refreshing – he will help you find lines you never knew existed (and then lose them), he will make you think about colour and markings.  Above all he will give you a deeper understanding of birds and of your own approach to drawing and painting wildlife.

The Welney Wetlands Centre sits on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border in the ancient fen lands of eastern England.  It covers over 1,000 acres of the Ouse Washes and is the UK’s biggest area of seasonally flooded land.  It is at its most spectacular in winter when tens of thousands of wintering ducks and breeding waders arrive for a feeding frenzy on these rich grazing lands.

The ponds are packed with dabbling ducks like the graceful pintail and noisy groups of wigeon; in the surrounding marshy fields large flocks of bean and white-fronted geese forage and woven among them are groups of magnificent Whooper and Berwick’s swans.  Along the reed edges look out for more secretive species like the water rail with its long reddish bill, grey chest and chestnut brown back, they can be easier to see at this time of year.

Welney’s heated observatory is a real bonus on cold days too!


Days 1 & 210:00 Meet Mark in the Wigeon Cafe
10:00Introduction to drawing birds
11:00Start sketching bird shapes...
13:00Break for lunch
14:00Attempt flight drawing...
17:00Workshop ends
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£75 per day or £140 for 2 days of art tuition including VAT.

Price excludes: park entrance fee and lunch – please bring a picnic, or money to purchase a café lunch.

Places must be pre-booked using the form below or by calling us on 01394 382235


Welney Wetland Centre

Hundred Foot Bank, Nr. Wisbech

PE14 9TN

Tel: 01353 860711


Welney Wetland Centre is located 12 miles north of Ely, 26 miles north of Cambridge and 33 miles east of Peterborough. It is 2 miles south of Welney village turning off the A1101 at the New Bedford Suspension Bridge, signposted Ten Mile Bank.