Watercolour and Drawing Workshops for Groups


Watercolour and Drawing Workshops at Newstead Abbey

For groups of 6-12 people

These workshop are suitable for all levels, from beginners to the more confident.  All sessions are led by artist and illustrator Hannah Sawtell.

All materials are provided.

Choose from the following or contact us to discuss your requirements:

Estates and Ruins:

2 hours: March-Sept only

£150 for up to 6 people, additional participants £25 each max 12 people

Inspired by Newstead’s architecture and grounds you will use various approaches to create your own sketches of the ruins, estate and landscapes of Newstead Abbey and create a beautiful watercolour painting to take home.

Aspects of this session take place outdoors but will be adapted in bad weather.

Watercolour in the Japanese Garden:

2 hours: March-Sept only

£150 for up to 6 people, additional participants £25 up to 8 people.

Based in the beautiful Japanese Gardens at Newstead you will be led though a series of short activities to capture the colour and foliage of the garden. You will then have the chance to work on a longer painting focusing on the unique landscape and its fauna.

These sessions will take place outside so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Please be aware that there are steps throughout the Japanese Gardens and it is inaccessible for wheelchair users.

Forms Divinely Beautiful: Still life drawing session:

2 hours: Jan-Oct only

£150 for up to 6 people, additional participants £25 each up to 12 people.

This workshop will give you the chance to explore different medium and mark making approaches to capture light, tone and shape using beautiful draped fabrics and fascinating museum objects from our handling collection.

You will be led through a series of quick sketch activities to develop your observational drawing skills, focusing on light and shade, shadow and shape before being lead through a longer still life study.

This session takes place inside the House.

Book a Group workshop:

To book your group workshop please email: rosny.hayward@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Due to the historic nature of Newstead Abbey, there is no lift access to the upper floor of the house with the ground floor limited also. Outside, gravel paths and walkways can inhibit wheelchair access. Please contact us to discuss any access needs and requirements.

Enhance your visit with one of our guided tours, available all year round and include a refreshment afterwards.


Image: (C) Hannah Sawtell.

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