Sketchbook Ely with Penny Newman and Linda Purdy (SOLD OUT)

Sketchbook Ely with Penny Newman and Linda Purdy (SOLD OUT)

Time: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Venue: Meet at Babylon Gallery, Ely and will be outside all day

Would you like to make a plein air sketchbook of places that you visit?

This workshop is led by two experienced plein air sketchers and watercolourists Penny Newman and Linda Purdy. The workshop will meet outside The Babylon Gallery and will be outside all day.

The workshop will give you the opportunity to:

  • Find out what needs to be in a simple plein air sketching kit – and what can be left out
  • Think about how to choose your subject when sketching outside
  • Discuss what to look for in choosing a safe and suitable place to sketch from
  • Try out different approaches using limited materials when sketching outside

Attendees will work in a small watercolour sketchbook and use pencil, pen and wash and a limited watercolour kit to make sketches beside the river and near the Cathedral. Subject matter will include the riverside buildings, the river, boats, and simple landscape.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and for watercolourists who would like to try sketching outside.


Participants need to bring:

  • A5 or A4 sketchbook with paper suitable for watercolour
  • Small set of pan watercolours with area to mix colours
  • Round brush about size 6
  • Rigger brush
  • Pencil
  • Rubber
  • Black waterproof fine liner
  • Water container and smaller water pot to use when painting
  • Paper towels
  • Something small and portable to sit on – foldable stool, small mat
  • Appropriate clothes for the weather - we will be outside ALL day. (depending on the weather – rain coat, sunscreen, hat, comfortable shoes etc)
  • Drinks / snack / lunch – we will be outside
  • A bag to contain all of the above that you are happy to carry when walking

The Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW) exhibition ‘Water Ways’ is on at the Babylon Gallery from Friday 3rd September to Sunday 26th September 2021. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 4pm with free entry.

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