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Mariners’ Tales: Sketching Bristol

19 June @ 10:00:20 June @ 16:30

Sketching in Bristol |

Ideal for: A weekend away with a friend, Art groups, History lovers, Photographers, Walkers


Straddling the River Avon, Bristol has a huge maritime significance. The harbourside, shipyards and iconic suspension bridge are just a few reminders of its history and importance during the industrial revolution of the 19th century. A vibrant and cultural city, there are sketch opportunities at every turn.

During these fun workshops we’ll base ourselves in Clifton near the Observatory. From here we can study the impressive architecture of the Merchant Mariners and explore the city centre and harbourside. Suitable for all levels, in this fun 2 days you’ll overcome your fear of the blank page and explore different page layouts and alternating techniques for different subjects. Working with pencil, ink and watercolour we’ll go through the essentials of drawing on location, and how the use of colour and different tonal values can influence a sketch.

If you haven’t sketched before or are lacking confidence with watercolour, these workshops are for you!

Sample itinerary

Times: 10am – 4.30pm (with a pause for lunch) 
For anyone arriving Friday evening there will be a welcome drink at 6pm

  • Saturday: We’ll start by the Harbourside for the essentials of travel sketching ‘on the go’ and how to work with watercolour. We’ll work with different techniques to create a vibrant story of the sea.
  • Sunday: After a warm up sketch in the lovely streets of Clifton village we’ll be heading to the Observatory for an alternative look at perspective drawing before descending to the boatyards.

Suggested accommodation:

The Avon Gorge Hotel
The Rodney Hotel
Channings Hotel
The Clifton Hotel
Victoria Square Hotel

Recommended materials:
Sketchbook, Portable sketching stool, Basic watercolour travel set, waterproof fineliner pens
Watercolour brush, HB/B/2B pencil, eraser, sharpener.  A sketch kit can be purchase on arrival if arranged in advance.

A detailed materials list will be sent with booking confirmation or by request. Please emailme@annettemorris.art if you would like any further information.


Additional notes:
There will be some walking up and down hills and steps, so please wear comfortable footwear and bring a waterproof in the event of inclement weather.


    Workshops at Cass Art Saturday 12 June

    12 June Ink and Watercolour Sketching for Beginners £4012 June Parks & Gardens £40Saturday 12 June both workshops £60

    Workshops at Cass Art Sunday 13 June

    13 June Urban Sketching for the Terrified! £4013 June Bristol Street Scenes £40Sunday 13 June both workshops £60

    Bristol 'on location' Workshops 19 & 20 June 2021 10am-4.30pm

    Mariners' Tales Weekend workshops both days £150Beginners day Saturday 19 June only £80Mariners' Tales Weekend workshops both days - CassArt discount £130

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    19 June @ 10:00
    20 June @ 16:30
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    Annette Morris
    +33 7 86 14 16 39


    Bristol, BS8 United Kingdom