Suffolk Pink

Spend three days painting Suffolk pink – we’ll find plenty to paint in this landscape sketching course!  We explore the countryside to seek how to bring a... Read more

£345 per person
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08 Jun - 10 Jun 2023

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River Deben, Woodbridge

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Strolling with a sketchbook and watercolours

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Claudia Myatt, Mary-Anne Bartlett

Learn about portable watercolour painting over three days, while enjoying Suffolk countryside, architecture and our many pink pubs

Spend three days painting Suffolk pink – we’ll find plenty to paint in this landscape sketching course!  We explore the countryside to seek how to bring a sense of place and emotion into our sketches.   We might include dramatic pink skies.  There’s sure to be typical Suffolk cottages.  

This course is also about discovery and collecting a range of images – your sketches will contain glimpses of buildings, studies of hedgerows, views of fields and East coast rivers.  It’s a beautiful part of the world and we want to share it with you!

In a journey of style, we will take the simplest of materials out on short sketching walks, stopping now and then to sketch at stunning painting locations. You can decide sit in one place or go for a longer walk (we’ll give route options).  

Pink is typical of many houses here in Suffolk.  The shade of Suffolk pink varies in hue – so it’s a great colour to experiment with and learn about watercolour.  Often found on older buildings, Suffolk pink seems to have been first mixed in the 14th century, when pink was mixed by adding natural substances to traditional limewash and then painted over the plasterwork of our wooden framed houses. Elderberries release a beautiful carmine red, pig/ox blood mixed with buttermilk make a more iron-hinted pink, blackthorn or sloe juice made a redder pink.

We have several pubs in mind for our lunches and starting points, including The Fox at Newbourne and the Sorrel Horse at Shottisham, both within striking distance of the Art Safari Studio in Woodbridge.  Both have excellent reputations for their hospitality and great food.

More information on what materials to bring with you will be sent to you on booking.



9ammeet at Art Safari Studio for a morning's watercolour tutorial
12.30-1pmHead out to a pink pub for lunch
2 - 2.30pm til 4.30pmPlein air painting and sketch walks
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£345 including VAT

Prebook on the booking form, or simply call us on 01394 382235

Joining Point:

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

There is a pay and display car park at the Woodbridge Railway Station – both are a very short walk away from the Art Safari Studio/Harbourmasters Office!


We’d love it if you stayed within walking distance of Art Safari HQ so we can set out from there.  We could organise accommodation for you, but offer you the choice of booking your own to suit your own style.  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.  Accommodation in Woodbridge tends to fill up quickly during the summer, so we suggest you book early.

The Station Guest House – 01394 384831

The Crown Hotel – 01394 384242

The Bull Inn – 01394 392089

The Cherry Tree Inn – 01394 384627

Hill House Hall – 01394 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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