Suffolk SketchFest is a 3-day celebration of sketching the maritime heritage & wildlife of the River Deben area of outstanding natural beauty at Woodbridge. Over 60... Read more
Date04 Aug - 06 Aug 2023
Location(s)River Deben, WoodbridgeSuffolk / Woodbridge
Workshop contentOutdoor sketching along the River Deben - art, learning, birds, boats, river, water meadows and fun
Tutor(s)Mary-Anne Bartlett, Claudia Myatt, Mark Boyd, Maxine Relton, Julia Cassels, Karen Pearson, Roger Dellar, Alice Angus
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Suffolk SketchFest is a 3-day celebration of sketching the maritime heritage & wildlife of the River Deben area of outstanding natural beauty at Woodbridge. Over 60 sketching events to join including artist-led walks, demonstrations and workshops.
Suffolk SketchFest’s inspiring artist tutors include:- Mary-Anne Bartlett, Claudia Myatt, Mark Boyd, Julia Cassels, Ian Sedge, Lorna Hamilton, Karen Pearson, Roger Dellar, Maxine Relton and Alice Angus… We’re here to share our knowledge, experience and skills of drawing and painting outdoors – and to celebrate the River Deben.
Suffolk SketchFest is open to anyone who would like to have a go!
Book now and register, then choose your workshops (some are free, some are at extra cost), and simply bring your paints and sketchbooks along… We have artist led sketch walks for you to join as well as other events to help you lean the joys and the skills of sketching outdoors.
Sketching outdoors is a great way to understand, interact with and share our appreciation of the natural world.
Prizes for different categories – announced on Sunday pm
Let’s use art to reconnect with natural beauty and the wild places on our doorstep, as well as to reflect our enthusiasm, interest and identity with our tidal river. Art Safari Artist Tutors will show you how to preserve moments in time through sketching and painting. Spending time sketching and painting on the River Deben, we aim to catch experiences and moments of wonder. The three days can help you appreciate the river more and bring attention to the outstanding landscape of Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Your sketches will become lasting reminders of special time spent in nature.
Art Events as part of Suffolk SketchFest, 4, 5, 6 August, include:
SketchFest participants include artists from across the UK, local residents and businesses, children & families, art groups, artists, wildlife enthusiasts and birders.
Suitable for all abilities, equipment list will be provided.
Bookings will open at the end of March.
£40 registration (includes registration, 1x free sketch walk, group crits and final event)
Extra workshops, demos and art walks:
Places must be pre-booked. Please enquire or call us on 01394 382235
Join us for al fresco dining on Friday and Saturday evening. On Friday a local restaurant brings a delicious meal here to eat at tables here on thequay, £20 per head including a glass of something cheerful. On Saturday place your order (and pay in cash on the day before 4pm) for a Fish & Chip supper which we’ll bring to you by pedal power to eat at tables here on the quay.
There are many enticing cafes to eat at and find refreshments during the day.
The River Deben outside the Art Safari Studio, The Harbourmaster’s Office, Ferry Quay, Woodbridge, Suffolk 1P12 1BW
There is no parking available at the Art Safari Studio. There is however a pay and display car park at the Woodbridge Railway Station. It is a very short walk away!
BOOK TIME WITH OUR ARTIST LEADERS
There’s many exciting choices including demos, workshops, warm up sessions and guided sketching walks!!!!
It’s three days of socially distanced artistic activity with time to meet other artists, drink coffee on the quay, eat and draw in your own time.
Woodbridge is a picturesque Market Town on the Deben Estuary. Find out more about the town on the Visit Woodbridge website. Ipswich is not terribly far away and has larger hotels.
Here is a small selection of places to stay which Art Safari guests have enjoyed around Woodbridge:
There are many more options available, including boats and holiday cottages – have a look through Suffolk Secrets and Suffolk Hideaways for holiday rental cottages in the area.
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