Field Sketching Workshops

Part of my practise as an artist is field sketching. It is something I have only recently rediscovered since drawing the illustrations for the birdwatching logbooks. Prior to this, my paintings were slightly abstracted and simplified, and deliberately flattened to match the matte gouache paint. Consequently, I have revisited my field sketching, as it is a great way to ensure that drawings and paintings have the correct feel and sense of movement, even if reference photos are used for the final illustration.

I am running a few workshops this year, in conjunction with South Downs Wildlife at Langney Marsh, and Sussex Wildlife Trust at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on 21st June 2022. They are suitable for all levels, and materials are provided.

0.00 – 0.15Intro: why, how, media, getting started
0.15-0.30Warm up: sketching and muscle memory
0.30-0.40Different bird morphologies: choose your subject
0.40-0.50Anatomy (legs!) and feathers
0.50-1.00Have a go
1.00-1.45Guided practise
1.45-2.00Review/ongoing advice

I will also be running my own workshops here, to a similar format.

These will be small classes run from my home here in East Sussex on the following Saturday mornings, 10am-12noon. All materials and refreshments are included in the price.


  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 16th July

To book, you can email me or use the PayPal link below. Please state which date you’d like once booked.

2 hr Field Sketching Workshop

Please let me know which date you’d like to come via email.


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