Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight

From £45 (1 day) excluding flights
The price for this Watercolour Painting Holiday includes all painting materials, one full days painting tuition in the Studio 09.30-16.00. light lunch, tea/coffee. We can take a maximum group of eight in the studio. The course is designed for adults
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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 get to the Isle of Wight

Offering everything from complete tranquillity, vibrant festivals, adrenaline pumping watersports, relaxed wandering and more sunshine than the rest of the UK, there is always a good time to visit the Isle of Wight. To get there our preferred option is via one of Wightlink’s ferry services. With departures from both Lymington and Portsmouth to Ryde, Yarmouth and Fishbourne operating hourly or more throughout the day, Wightlink makes getting to the Isle of Wight easy.

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.

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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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Story behind the experience

I ran my bespoke kitchen and bathroom design business in Surrey for 25 years. Due to growing traffic congestion causing longer travel time, I decided a complete career change was called for. Having been interested in watercolour painting for a number of years, I would become an Artist, move to the beautiful Isle of Wight, and teach people how to paint. It took only five weeks from making the decision to sell our house and move to be on the Island. We converted the garage into a self contained art studio, and I built a website to say we were open. It is great to teach painting.

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Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight

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