Art Workshops with Kerry Newell

9.30am - 4.30pm

£60 per person (lunch not included)

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Join professional wildlife artist, Kerry Newell, for her full-day art workshops here at Martin Mere. Be inspired by our wetland setting as Kerry’s expertise and passion takes your skills further in your wildlife artwork.

These pastel and watercolour workshops cater to all artistic abilities. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, Kerry will guide you through the best techniques to use with your medium, and cover composition, contrast, tonal values, shades and more.


Date Workshop
23 March Pastel Workshop
18 May Watercolour Workshop
21 September Pastel Workshop
23 November Watercolour Workshop


Required Materials for the day:

Recommended supplies Watercolour workshop Pastel workshop
Pencil, sharpener & eraser x x
Board & masking tape x x
Mixing palette x
Two water containers x
Watercolour brushes x
Fine mist spray bottle x
Watercolour tubes or pan paints x
Soft pastels & pastel pencils x
Watercolour or
mixed media paper
9” x 12” 140lb or more
Pastel Paper 9” x 12”
(e.g. Clairefontaine Pastelmat)

Plan for the day

  • On arrival all attendees will be given a welcome sheet introducing them to Kerry, the medium to be used and briefly covering the techniques and some arty terminology too.

  • Introduction to the day’s subject and materials; e.g. paper, paints & brushes etc. Including a brief explanation on how the medium works and advice on how to make the most of the day.

  • Best methods for preparing the painting or drawing surface.

  • Different methods for transferring a sketch.

  • Beginning the painting/drawing.

  • Covering composition, contrast, tonal values, shades, and more.

  • Understanding colour using the colour wheel for reference.

  • Watercolour workshops include working wet on wet, wet on dry techniques, the importance of lost and found edges & negative painting.

  • During the day there will be plenty of time for questions, something that Kerry actively encourages.

  • There will also be a break for lunch, a little time to relax with your packed lunch or enjoy something in the Martin Mere restaurant.

  • Kerry usually ends the day with advice on how individuals can take their craft a step further, how best to utilise the supplies they already have, and suggestions for additional supplies.

  • Beginners are welcomed and all participants are encouraged to suggest ideas for future workshops.


“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Saturday’s workshop. I loved everything about it – the people were friendly …….. and the tuition and work were brilliant. The time just flew by as it does when you’re enjoying yourself, there was no pressure to complete or get things right the first time and I felt so relaxed! So thank you again and will hopefully be booking the next one soon!”

Karen King

“I just want to thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. I haven’t been to an art class since I left school (in 1973) and I was wondering if I would be completely out of my depth! I probably was, but it wasn’t too obvious and I found the day really helpful and it has given me renewed inspiration – so much so that I have just booked onto your February workshop! In the meantime, I will keep practising – so who knows?”

Peter Gooden

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful workshop. You are so inspiring as a teacher and a person, I learned so much and as so eager to start on another… What I really loved too was how wonderfully friendly and relaxed it was …. Thank you, I will be saving for another for sure.”

Stephie Butler

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