Glorious Gardens and River Estuaries

Julia leads this short art break with watercolour demonstrations, composition and colour exercises as well as one-to-one tuition time, both outdoors and in the Art Safari... Read more

£475 per person
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17 May - 21 May 2021

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Art Safari Studio
Woodbridge, Suffolk

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Plein Air Watercolour

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Julia Cassels

Glorious Gardens and River Estuaries is a wonderful late spring workshop with artist Julia Cassels in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Julia leads this short art break with watercolour demonstrations, composition and colour exercises as well as one-to-one tuition time, both outdoors and in the Art Safari Studio.

Your sketchbooks will fill with happy images of woodlands, hedgerows and gardens blooming beneath clear blue skies (with maybe the odd shower).  At this time of year we are surrounded by a feast of colours – fields of bright poppies, fragrant honeysuckle climbing walls, and herbaceous borders filled with soft peonies and roses.

Glorious Gardens & River Estuaries takes you out into the Suffolk countryside as well as the market town of Woodbridge, sketching and painting en plein air.  We venture to parts of Suffolk that have enchanted artists, poets and authors over the centuries.  As a backdrop are the River Deben, beautiful country churches, spectacular English gardens, and the aerial acrobatics of swallow and swifts and early butterflies…

As one of the ‘big sky’ counties, we can expect huge skies with magnificent cloudscapes to paint (and we will have some wet weather options at our locations just in case!)

The Art Safari Studio has fabulous views of the Deben estuary from the elevated deck.  The iconic Tide Mill is a few steps away and the mysterious Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo is just across the river.

Enjoy the company of your fellow artists with fulfilling days of artistic exploration and convivial evenings.


Day 15pm Welcome drinks & optional supper in Woodbridge
Day 2River Deben
Day 3Helmingham Hall gardens
Day 4 Woodbridge gardens
Day 5Art Safari Studio, Finish at 13:00
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Group size:

A minimum of 4 and up to 12 participants, depending on current government guidelines on social distancing.


£475 including VAT, 3.5 days tuition, picnic lunches, refreshments at the Studio, and entrance to Helmingham Hall.

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 Visit Woodbridge website.

Here is a small selection of places to stay which Art Safari guests have enjoyed:

The Station Guest House – 01394 384831

The Crown Hotel – 01394 384242

Hill House Hall – 03194 383890

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.


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