Whitstable Harbour and Seascape Workshop

6th and 7th May 2017.  11am – 5pm


The painting and drawing workshop will be based at two quayside huts working within the bustling heart of Whitstable’s harbour village, an area steeped in Whitstable’s maritime tradition of fishing diving and shipbuilding. Working fishing boats, barges, smacks and other vessels surround us as well as artisan market stalls and many of the fine eateries and beaches for which Whitstable is also famed .

The workshop offers the opportunity to paint and draw in the harbour and on the beach alongside other artists under the tuition of New English artist Sarah Spencer RAC NEAC. Tuition will be relaxed and informative with a mixture of one to one guidance and joint plenary and critique.

We are in short walking distance of beaches to either side of the harbour, including Tankerton where grassy slopes dip to meet the sea, and there’s a chance too to get unsurpassed views of sea, sky and land from The Street, a wide ridge of shingle stretching out to sea, but only revealed when the tide is low.

Justly famed for its sunsets and beaches, there will be opportunity also to enjoy Whitstable’s other traditional charms and modern appeals: picturesque, eccentric lanes, thriving contemporary arts community, galleries, and boutiques.

 The Course

The study days will begin with a short introductory exploration on foot of the differing views and subject matters within the area.

Initial guidance in methods of approaching location sketching will be given, and participants will then be encouraged to  begin working on sketches and paintings from a view of their own choosing. One-to-one individual tuition will be offered in rotation to each participant.

Tuition is offered in oil and acrylic painting, and in drawing mediums such as charcoal and pastel, and is individually tailored to suit the level of experience of participants: the course is suitable for beginners as well as experienced artists.

Informal group plenary sessions will start and end each day.

Refreshments and Meals

Hot and cold drinks and biscuits are provided free for all participants. We are surrounded by many wonderful cafes and those participants who do not wish to bring a packed lunch can choose from venues providing either take away or sit-down snacks and meals right next door to the huts we are based in.

After the day’s work participants (and any accompanying partners) may wish to join in a shared meal at Whitstable’s Hotel Continental.


Workshop: £120. Hire of French field easel, stool and drawing board (optional) £15.





Suggested Materials and Equipment

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Sarah Spencer has an extensive exhibiting profile both in the UK and abroad. Known for her “symphonic skies and expansive spatial resonance” Sarah works mainly in oils or charcoal, specialising in seascapes using her native Whitstable as a recurring pictorial trope. She has a wealth of tutoring experience to which she brings a genuine insight and passion. She is a regular contributor to Artist and Illustrator magazine and leads demonstrations relating to her practice in the UK and Italy. Read more …


Finding the Location

Where to park


There are many options for accommodation around Whitstable including hotels, converted fishermen’s huts, self catering cottages and B&Bs – but please note that Whitstable has become very popular and these get booked up very quickly!



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