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

What's On

Treat yourself - or treat a friend!

Our next open workshop is on Tuesday 24th September: Sketching at Pin Mill with Claudia Myatt.

Take a midweek break in this beautiful riverside location and gain new skills in drawing and watercolour sketching. We’ll spend some time in the studio going over basic techniques and then, weather permitting, time outside putting them into practice. If you’ve done a bit of sketching but lost confidence, or a beginner who’s always wanted to have a go, this day is for you.

Cost £95 including lunch at the Butt and Oyster.

Art groups: U3A groups, art clubs and societies...

...would you like a day sketching by the river? We can provide tuition tailored to your group’s level and needs, using the well equipped Pin Mill Studio as a base for an enjoyable and instructive day. We can book a table for lunch at the Butt and Oyster, or bring a picnic.

Individuals, special birthdays, travellers preparing for an adventure...

Big birthdays – experience is worth more than ‘stuff’. Treat your partner or friend to a session of one to one tuition in whatever subject they need most – drawing, sketching, watercolours, line and wash, figure drawing, acrylics, oils or pastels. Why not join in too?

Combined sketching and photography day

We now get requests from people who want to improve their sketching and photography skills to get more out of a holiday or longer trip. Do you have a partner who wants to learn photography whilst you learn how to keep a sketchbook diary? Or a bit of both? Many of the issues of composition are the same for both skills of course. With top photographer Anthony Cullen and experienced artists Christine Lester or Claudia Myatt providing one to one tuition, your confidence and skill level will improve dramatically.

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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