Abstract Realism in Acrylics and Mixed Media



Have you ever wanted to explore the skills and techniques of abstract realism? Set in idyllic Constable countryside, the two-day course will encourage painters to explore landscape painting through acrylic, oil or mixed media in either the studio or ‘En Plein Air’. Practical advice and demonstrations will be given in preparing painting surfaces, painting techniques with Acrylic and Oil paint and composition. Painters will also be involved in discussions on colour temperature, aerial perspective and focal points within a painting. One to one discussions will be available as well as an optional open critic on Saturday evening. About the Tutor: Mike Roberts I have been painting at Flatford Mill for over ten years, firstly as a supporting art tutor for 6th form students and later, independently, with friends and acquaintances who have all come to love the peace and tranquillity that Flatford Mill offers. Every year Flatford Mill and the surrounding area continues to offer inspiration for the practice of ‘En Plien Air’ painting. I completed my foundation year at Lincoln College of Art in the late 80’s before moving to London and completing a Fine Art Degree at North East London Polytechnic later going on to St Martins College of Art. After over 20 years of working in Film, Theatre and Dance I retrained as Design and Technology teacher and in time came to develop my own artistic interests. Supported by a rich and active artistic community in the Weald of Kent I have shown work in many galleries and art shows in the area. About Flatford Mill We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is unsuitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible. Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable. What to bring - Paints of your choice either Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour or mixed media - Brushes, a good variety the larger the better - Minimum of 2 medium-sized canvas or board, A3 approx. 40cm x 30cm or larger - Easel and stool (also available at the centre) - White Spirt or cleaning agents for paint - A4 - A3 Sketch pad - Pencils, Rubber etc. - Hat and waterproofs - Wet weather boots/shoes - Sun lotion, water bottle, insect replant - OTHER ITEMS - The Centre will provide drawing boards. We also have small sketching stools and easels for hire at a small charge if required. The Centre shop stocks loose sheets of Bockingford 140lb paper.

What's included in the price?

Free Wi-Fi Full Board Accommodation Hot and Cold Drinks Picnic Lunch Full board accommodation and picnic lunch is available for resident bookings only. Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.


3 days

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
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Accommodation offered
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL

Booking options

Resident (Sole Occupancy)
19:00 - 16:00
£292.00 See dates
Resident (Shared Room)
19:00 - 16:00
£254.00 See dates
19:00 - 16:00
£205.00 See dates