Suffolk churches and skies

Join us outdoors for three days of painting in the Suffolk countryside in high summer. Suffolk is a county of huge skies over patchwork of fields,... Read more

£305 per person
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18 Jul - 20 Jul 2022

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Art Safari Studio
Suffolk / Woodbridge

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Sketching, watercolours

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Mary-Anne Bartlett

Enjoy the company of fellow artists on a wonderful plein air painting break that visits some of Suffolk’s loveliest churches...

Join us outdoors for three days of painting in the Suffolk countryside in high summer.

Suffolk is a county of huge skies over patchwork of fields, low marshes and ancient hedgerows and woods.  There is very often a church tower in sight.  These are the markers of our local landscape, giving a presence through the centuries.  We visit some of the county’s beautiful churches to paint their magnificent presence in the landscapes and to enjoy the changing skies.

Mary-Anne Bartlett will lead this short art break with demonstrations, exercises and one-to-one tuition time.  Painting outdoors gives an extra freedom to learning and to expression, so we can explore our ideas fully over the three days.

Mary-Anne was born and brought up in Suffolk.  She will take you to some of her favourite churches – Woodbridge, Blythburgh, Ramsholt and a few more, chosen not only for their imposing position in the landscape, or their picturesque churchyards, but also for their atmospheric, historic and architectural importance.  When you book, feel free to make suggestions, as our itinerary can be flexible!

Sketching and painting en plein air, we venture to parts of Suffolk that have enchanted artists, musicians, poets and authors over the centuries including isolated churches, water meadows, castles, woodlands and villages.

Your sketchbooks will fill with happy images of Suffolk in summertime.  There’s time for long sessions on one painting too.

In the evenings there’s the option to gather in a local restaurant or pub for a convivial Art Safari evening (dinner not included).

Suitable for artists of all abilities, equipment list will be provided.  Bring a chair so you can set up your own outdoor studio.


Day 1Woodbridge & Ramsholt
Day 2Blythburgh and Walberswick
Day 3 Iken
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£305 including VAT, with lunch and refreshments

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


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

There is no parking available at the Art Safari Studio/Harbourmasters Office.

There is however a pay and display car park at the Woodbridge Railway Station.   It is a very short walk away!


Woodbridge is a picturesque Market Town on the Deben Estuary with a good selection of pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops.  Find out more about the town on the Choose Woodbridge website.

Here is a small selection of places to stay which Art Safari guests have enjoyed.  Accommodation in Woodbridge tends to fill up quickly during the summer, so we suggest you book early.

The Station Guest House – 01394 384831

The Bull Inn – 01394 382089

The Crown Hotel – 01394 384242

Hill House Hall – 03194 383890 (currently accommodation only)

Seckford Hall – 01394 385678

There are many more options available, including holiday cottages – have a look through Suffolk Secrets and Suffolk Hideaways for holiday rental cottages in the area.