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Workshops and events – Society of East Anglian Watercolourists

Workshops at exhibitions

Our members hold workshop and demonstrations at our exhibitions. Booking is essential.

Workshops at Waterways 2022

Watercolour and collage


Monday 5 September
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

In this workshop Lesley will tap into a number of ways to get beyond the limitations of using watercolour alone by being intuitive and spontaneous with collage.
You will be exploring how to loosen up, look closely and make observations using discarded drawings and paintings, scraps and different papers.

This workshop is suitable for those that are new to collage/mixed media but have experience of drawing techniques and painting and wish to build their confidence and unlock creative freedom in their work.

Wet into wet skies


Monday 12 September
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Anthony Osler has been painting the seas, skies, boats and atmosphere of East Anglia professionally for many years and enjoys passing on his methods of working to others, both experienced and beginners. This workshop is a combination of demonstration and application and consists of painting wet-into-wet skies, capturing atmosphere and working quickly, with foreground scenes added when dry.

Participants will go away with a finished painting plus some new approaches to try in their own studios.

Boats at the quay


Monday 19 September
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Painting activities will include the drawing of the boats moored in Gloucester Quay with all the rigging and masts linking the boats together. Two figures are introduced repairing the boats, bringing about the human interaction in the painting. The reflections in the water will show the blurred image of the boats and the figures. The sky and water will also be tackled to create atmosphere in the painting. Finally the highlights are added on the painting to bring about the completed product.



Feedback from workshops at WaterWays 2021

As this was my first experience of a Painting Workshop, I found it very interesting, helpful and encouraging. Denise provided good and helpful advice to all participants relating to each individuals ability. Techniques explained included Use of colour (Triadic Colour Wheel), brushes, plant forms and structures and light and dark sources. Time was given to practise some of the techniques.

Feedback on Denise Schoenberg's workshop

Thank you so much for today’s workshop in Ely. Though I already knew the techniques of wash and glazing, I’d never put it into practise and I’ve learnt so much. Patience is as much part of the technique as the actual painting. Really enjoyable. 7th Sep 2021

Barbara Eacott on Anthony Osler's workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned some great tips to get me back into drawing and painting again. I have been enjoying working on my sketches since the class, thank you for encouraging me to pick this up again!!

Sarah Jayne Clements on Penny and Linda's Workshop

I found the workshop very informative Tony gave good guidance to the subject explaining the techniques required. My only regret was 3 hours could have been longer as we had to rush towards the end. To cover all aspects of sky formation a longer workshop would be better. Never the less it was an enjoyable experience and I have gained some valuable ideas to take away and practice.

Tony Brown on Anthony Osler's workshop

Painting days

Painting days for members and Friends take place from 10am to 4pm. Unless otherwise stated, please bring your lunch, your latest painting, art supplies and £5 contribution to venue costs. There is no need to book a place.

Hawkedon Village Hall, The Green, Hawkedon, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 4NN  (First Tuesday of the month)

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