Sketching birds and nature from observation on the river at Stapenhill Gardens Burton Upon Trent.



Art therapy, brain training, relief from depression, reconnecting with nature and Mother Earth meditation or just learning how to sketch from life with X-Warner Bros animation artist. Free but accept donations. Meet at Stappenhill Gardens and occasionally Branston Water Park Burton every Wednesday evening from 4pm till sunset, to sketch swans or whatever you want to.
Sketching animals from life is one of the best ways to lift depression and reconnect with nature. Fiona has been sketching wildlife outdoors for some years and can pass on some helpful tips and advice to get you started so you can sketch from life anywhere. The best way to approach this is intuitively, switch off your controlling brain, get into the zone and have fun. Paint for you no one else. Being by water and seeing the birds antics can only lifts your spirits, and it’s spectacular if we see the sunset there.
Every Wednesday weather permitting.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Bring your own materials and equipment, drawing board, a portable chair, an umbrella if rain threatens and suitable, warm, outdoor clothing. Maybe fingerless gloves?
Bring any medium you would like. I recommend a 2b pencil if you are just drawing or if using watercolour I can recommend a block of Jackson’s watercolour paper (cold-pressed (not) 300gsm). Good in all weathers and takes a fair bit of punishment. Binoculars are also useful as is bird food...... not bread.
Please be aware this event is by sometimes very fast flowing deep water so participants must be responsible for their own safety and any children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
I will have self-tested for COVID that morning.


Fiona Gomez at Wild at Art

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Stapenhill Gardens
Burton upon Trent
DE15 9AP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


2 hours (flexible times to suit)

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