Sketching Workshops 2023

Drawing & Creativity Workshop at Prickwillow ArtSpace
Mon-Thurs, 24-27 July 2023
(4 days, 10:00-16:00, £389)

Situated in a brand new groundswell art space located deep in the Cambridgeshire fen, this course offers a unique, peaceful, natural environment in which your creativity can flourish.   It consists of simple drawing projects based on the local natural environment, Prickwillow Engine Museum, local architecture and natural forms which we will then develop into designs by following a series of developmental strategies.

This particular course includes a simple lunch:
There is no village shop so this course includes a simple, wholefood, vegetarian salad lunch, tea & coffee and homemade cake. 
We take great care preparing the catering but please note that it is homemade using limited resources.  Consequently we regret that we may not be able to cater for absolutely all dietary variations.  If you have any special requirements please email us to discuss them before booking at

Cambridge Sketching Workshop
Mon-Thurs, 14-17 August 2023
(4 days, 10:00-16:00, £459)

Situated in the heart of Cambridge, this course offers sketching opportunities all over the centre of the city.  We will explore some of the classic architectural views, the market and the Zoology Museum. Please note that this particular course does not include a lunch (but tea and coffee will be provided).

What you will need to bring for either of these courses:
All of the drawing exercises use a small range of simple materials (sketchbook pencil, fine-liner pigment liners, watercolour/coloured pens) and are be based upon shorter forays into the local environment where we will collect photographs to work with back at the studio.  Consequently, you will definitely need a tablet or smart phone to take part
You are encouraged to bring the majority of your own basic materials but some additional materials will be available.

Materials List
You will need to provide your own sketchbook and basic drawing materials for this course.

  1. Digital camera, Smartphone, or tablet to take photographs and view pictures when back at the studio. 
  2. Sketchbook: any sketchbook that has reasonable quality cartridge paper, and which you feel comfortable using.   Thicker paper (160gsm or above) keeps the definition of your drawing and holds more water when you use a colourwash.  Around A4 size is ideal (A3 will be too large).
  3. Drawing equipment: pencils, rubber, black fine-liner pens (I recommend pigment fine liners that are not water soluble).
  4. A small set of watercolours.
  5. A couple of coloured pigment fine liners (minimum: a red and a blue).
  6. A couple of small, good quality paint brushes for watercolour washes.
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