A Flatford Sketchbook (Day)



Taking inspiration from the historical setting of Flatford Mill, tutor Carole Massey will show you how to translate these delightful surroundings into sketches and pen & wash studies. Using a viewfinder (which will be supplied), Carole will demonstrate how to create thumbnail sketches, draw buildings, the river, the landscape and add figures into your scenes – all the skills needed to fill a sketchbook, an essential tool for every artist. We will be using pencil, waterproof or water soluble pens with watercolours and/or water soluble pencils and working outdoors, weather permitting. After an introduction in the studio to drawing and painting techniques, we will spend the rest of the day sketching around the Mill, or along the river toward Dedham, weather permitting. Should it be too wet or windy to be outside, we will spend time in the studio perfecting sketching techniques from suitable vantage points or working from Carole’s photos. Flatford Mill lies at the heart of the Dedham Vale, on the banks of the River Stour near the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott’s House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest are all reflected in our extensive programme of courses. The Centre is located between Colchester and Ipswich and is about 10 miles from each, approximately 2 miles from the A12. Carole Massey Carole Massey is a popular and supportive tutor who has been teaching at Flatford Mill for over 20 years. She managed her own successful design partnership before returning to her first love of painting, which currently involves tutoring, demonstrations, private commissions, and exhibitions. A recent portrait commission for the Bank of England of Sir Charles Bean, deputy governor now hangs in the bank in perpetuity. She is a regular contributor to The Leisure Painter magazine, has written many teaching Art books, published by Search Press, with international sales exceeding 250,000. Her latest books are “Drawing for the Absolute Beginner” and “The Beginners’ Guide to Drawing Portraits” which will be on sale on the course. She has exhibited and demonstrated at the Mall Galleries, London, and her work is in a number of private collections in the UK and abroad. She lives in Suffolk. What to Bring - A Sketchbook; I prefer to use a hard backed casebound sketchbook either landscape or portrait format between A4 & A5 size, (300 x 210mm to 210 x 150mm / 12” x 8” to 8” x 6” approx.) containing good quality cartridge paper, durable enough for light watercolour washes. Seawhite of Brighton “Popular Portrait” or “Landscape” black cloth casebound sketchbook 250 x 190mm can be bought at Hobbycraft or online at artsaver. - 2B or 3B Graphite pencil or a propelling pencil or clutch pencil 0.5 or 0.7 is ideal for sketching and doesn’t need frequent sharpening - Waterproof Pens - Black or brown fibre tipped drawing pens e.g. Pilot or Faber Castell or equivalent, sizes 03 or 05 - Optional: A Pentel Brushpen, black - Optional : Watersoluble Pens: Brown or black, e.g. Zig or Tombow, or any pen that is non-permanent. - Watercolour paints: A small portable set, suitable for packing into a rucksack - Watercolour brushes – round Sizes 5, 8 & 12 - Optional: Several wax crayons or oil pastels e.g. White, yellow, red orange, pale green, raw sienna - Other materials: A kneadable rubber, a pencil sharpener, several bulldogclips or rubber bands to stop the sketchbook pages flapping in the wind A lightweight chair or painting stool (these can also be hired from the office on arrival) - Suitable clothing for the weather

What's included in the price?

Expert Tuition Free Wi Fi Hot and Cold Drinks Refreshments are included, but please bring lunch with you.


3 days (6:01pm to 4:01pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Limited mobility
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL