Following in the footsteps of Turner with George Boyter


Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th July from 10am to 4pm


JMW Turner spent much of his time as a youngster at his aunt and uncle’s house in Sunningwell – thought to be somewhere around the village pond. In 1789 he made sketches of the church of St Leonard’s (and later of Sunningwell village) that can be found in the Tate archives. As part of this two-day drawing and watercolour sketchbook course we will be standing where Turner stood, assessing his viewpoint and producing sketches of our own.

What’s the point of keeping a sketchbook? Quite simply it’s to practise drawing more often. The more we draw the better we become and the more we enjoy drawing. This virtuous circle means consistent improvement in our compositional decision making, our observational skills and our touch. What’s not to like, as the saying goes? So if you would like to get better at drawing, you’re welcome to come along.

Selecting a sketchbook is a very personal pleasure. Is it spiral bound, hard-back or soft back? Touchy feely moleskin? What’s the best size to choose? What weight and type of paper do you prefer? It’s up to you.

What are you going to put in your sketchbook? Will it just be pencil drawings or will you add some colour? Will you keep the contents to yourself or show it to friends?

Discover the ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ of choosing and keeping a sketchbook and how much they aid your development as an artist. It doesn’t take much to start but it delivers so many benefits that you’ll wonder why you didn’t keep a sketchbook years ago.

Together we will discuss the practical considerations and spend two days filling our sketchbooks with whatever we fancy.

“My sketchbook is a witness of what I am experiencing, scribbling things whenever they happen.” – Vincent Van Gogh

We will be working much of the time outdoors, so you will need practical clothing and footwear.



Please bring the all or some of the following materials with you:

Checklist of essentials

Sketchbook – cartridge paper

Pencils – 2B, 4B

Pencil Sharpener

Putty Rubber

Additional nice-to-haves

Watercolour Travel Box Set of 8 Half Pans

Watercolour Brush Travel Set

Small mixing palette

Screw top water container

Lightweight Artists’ foldable chair

Flask / Lunch.

Recommended colour palette

Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Yellow Pale, Alizarin Crimson


Course fee is £140.

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