Pin Mill Painting Days

learn with professional artists in inspirational surroundings

Spend a day or two on the beautiful Pin Mill shoreline, learning to paint and draw with experienced and supportive tutors.

"We aim to give aspiring artists the opportunity to experience the pleasure of discovering a special place through the artist's eye, sketching and painting with professional guidance. Join us for a combination of convivial company, expert tuition and the chance to develop your skills in a location which has inspired artists for centuries."

Christine Lester and Claudia Myatt


One day workshop £95 ~ Any two days £170 ~ Price includes lunch at the Butt and Oyster

Friday 13th October: Claudia Myatt

Watercolour basics: Colours of Pin Mill

If you've never tried watercolours, or had a go and need fresh inspiration, this workshop is for you.

Saturday 14th October: Claudia Myatt

Watercolour: Keep off the Mud!

Focus on colour mixing to help you get those subtle colours of the river and shoreline without your palette turning to sludge. For those with a little bit of experience or a follow-on from 'Watercolour basics'.

Friday 20th October: Christine Lester

Pin Mill in line and wash (1)

There’s so much to paint at this wonderful location that it can seem daunting knowing where to start. The beauty of line and wash is its speed and fluency, allowing you to get interesting scenes down quickly and impressionistically.

Saturday 21st October: Christine Lester

Pin Mill in line and wash (2)

This second day can be taken as a follow-on or stand alone. Emphasis will be on capturing movement – birds, animals, people – and being expressive with line..

Thursday 2nd November: Claudia Myatt

Painting from photos in watercolours

Is it cheating? Is it as good as drawing from life? Discover how to get the best out of photographic reference, how to use photos in partnership with your sketches, and how to transform your snaps into lively watercolours.

Friday 3rd November: Christine Lester

Painting portraits from photos in watercolours

Photos are needed when we don’t have the option to paint people from life, and are also useful to aid our memory or help when working from a sketch. Learn how to use photos to create lifelike paintings.

Thursday 16th November: Claudia Myatt

Drawing for the terrified

Lack of drawing ability is one of the biggest obstacles to sketching from life, but it’s a skill you can learn. Spend a day learning techniques that will boost your confidence and start you seeing the world through an artist’s eyes.

Friday 17th November: Christine Lester

Drawing and painting figures in line and wash

Learn how to draw and paint people, especially children, from quick sketches to full colour studies. Discover how to capture movement realistically and bring your studies to life in glorious watercolour.

Thursday 23rd November: Claudia Myatt

Still life in watercolours – making the ordinary extraordinary

Winter is a good opportunity to spend time painting in a cosy studio – but how do you find inspiration indoors? Learn how to create exciting watercolours from artful arrangements of everyday objects, from food to flowers, shoes to shells.

Friday 24th November: Christine Lester

Painting textures in acrylics

Learn techniques for painting the huge variety of textures we encounter in everyday things, from velvet curtains to a glass of wine. Acrylic paint is versatile and can help you achieve brilliant effects in double quick time.


Friday 16th March: Christine Lester

Drawing and painting birds in watercolours

A two day course (first day can be taken separately) looking at birds, from shoreline waders to owls and pheasants. Day one – proportion and movement in drawing and watercolour studies, working from life where possible.

Saturday 17th March: Christine Lester

Painting birds in acrylic and mixed media

Further studies using acrylic and other media with simple backgrounds and locations.

Friday 23rd March: Claudia Myatt

Wake up your watercolours (1)

A two day course (first day can be taken separately). If you’ve been painting for a while and need fresh inspiration, day one looks at techniques for creating intense colours, correcting failed paintings, refreshing your colour mixes and trying out different styles and materials.

Saturday 24th March: Claudia Myatt

Wake up your watercolours (2)

Further ideas to use shake up your watercolour techniques using mixed media, pen and ink, collage, special effects and creating other types of artwork besides paintings.

Thursday 5th April: Christine Lester

Painting animals in mixed media

Have fun painting expressive animal studies with a variety of techniques using mixed media, based on acrylics. Bring your own photos or use mine and learn how to go beyond straightforward representation of an animal to be more creative.

Friday 13th April: Claudia Myatt

Colours of Suffolk in watercolours

How do you capture in watercolours soft grey skies, glistening mud and the changing colours of water? Using the Pin Mill shoreline as our inspiration you will learn to mix glowing colours and capture that elusive Suffolk light.

Saturday 14th April: Christine Lester

Painting Suffolk animals in pastel

Spend a day capturing the wildlife of Suffolk in soft pastel. Learn how to evoke the shape, movement and colour of hares, deer, rabbits, squirrels and foxes, from the basics of applying pastel through lively sketches to more finished studies.

Thursday 19th April: Claudia Myatt

Sketching for pleasure

Sketching outdoors is a lot easier when you’re with a group and a supportive tutor. We’ll cover how to choose a subject, where to start, what to do if if someone looks over your shoulder, and basic drawing techniques so that you build enough confidence to record your experiences in a sketchbook diary.

Friday 27th April: Christine Lester

Domestic animals in line and wash

If you want to paint cats and dogs, or portray cows and sheep in a landscape, learn how to do this effectively and easily from line and wash sketches to full scale watercolour studies.

Saturday 28th April: Claudia Myatt

Sketching the Pin Mill shoreline in line and wash

Some of the most exciting subjects can also be the most challenging. This workshop will improve your confidence in sketching in watercolour and look at ways to tackle all the lovely shapes and colours outside the studio – boats and boat bits, mud and mooring lines, river and reeds.

Claudia Myatt

Claudia is an artist and illustrator specialising in marine subjects. She has been teaching adults to draw and paint in watercolours for over 25 years, and aims to make the learning process as much fun as possible.

"Though the majority of my professional work is marine based, my teaching methods cover all subjects as I focus on the basic techniques that apply to everything and help you develop your own style. Art is for everyone, not just for artists."

Christine Lester

Christine is a professional artist whose passion lies in painting from life. Whether people, animals or inanimate objects, her aim is to express the individuality and sensitivity of portraiture in all her paintings.

"After years of teaching art to adults I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they’re just getting the hang of painting and wish they had longer. My students find painting so absorbing and love the fact that it is the one time in their busy lives they can switch off and do something they really enjoy."

Pin Mill

Pin Mill, on the banks of the River Orwell in Suffolk, is loved by artists, sailors, walkers, bird watchers and fans of good pub food and beer. There is a wealth of material here to inspire artists – traditional Thames barges and all sorts of boats, marshlands and open skies, a busy waterfront scene that changes with the tide, and quiet woodland close by

We believe in giving aspiring artists the opportunity to experience the pleasure of discovering a truly special place through the artist’s eye, sketching and painting with professional guidance.


Pin Mill Studio
Pin Mill Road


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