Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight
The Wyke Regis Art Studio is based at the home of local artist Paul Hewson. Located in rural Porchfield, halfway between Shalfleet and Cowes/Gurnard and close to beautiful Newtown Estuary. Paul runs weekend water colour painting breaks in his studio. You will be learning how to paint with step by step instruction. Not only will you develop a new skill, you will take home a painting of the local landscape to remind you of your visit. You will be quite surprised how differently you look at the landscape around you once you start to paint. You will suddenly realize how colourful nature is.
A walk round Newtown Creek is a must. It was once the capital of the Island. Now it is such a tranquil place to observe nature. Bird song, meadows of wild flowers and butterflies, huge skies and glistening water. An artists paradise.
How to find us
By car the Wyke Regis Art Studio New Rd Porchfield is situated 25mins from the Yarmouth-Lymington, the Cowes-Southampton and the Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry routes.
By rail, the Lymington train stops at the Wightlink ferry terminal ( Lymington/Yarmouth)
There is a free bus from Southampton station to Redfunnel ferry terminals (Redjet Cowes/Southampton & car ferry East Cowes/Southampton)
Portsmouth Harbour Station trains meet the Wightlink Fastcat (Ryde Pier/Portsmouth and Fishbourne/Portsmouth car ferry) If you are travelling by public transport we can pick you up from Yarmouth, Cowes or Newport.
Responsible travel: Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight
Living close to the Newtown estuary, and being an artist, I am drawn to this peaceful location. In the Spring, it provides an ideal habitat for hundreds of nesting sea birds. Early summer the water meadows are full of wild flowers, butterflies and rare orchids. Autumn/Winter sees the arrival of thousands of migrating birds. Huge flocks of different geese and swans streak across the sky against the background of the setting sun. The exposed mudflats provide a rich harvest for the waders. There are various self guided walks around the Newtown Creek with information boards describing just what to see. If you are keen on bird watching you will find two bird hides. In the summer time, one is manned by a volunteer warden, who is only too keen to point out the days arrivals.
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