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Beginners drawing and watercolours at Flatford Mill

Beginners drawing and watercolours at Flatford Mill

Duration: 5 days

Price: £480

Contact: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Monday 7th December 2020

About the Course

Ideal for those who need guidance about how to go about constructing a drawing from life. We will be looking at simple shapes and simple objects; their positioning in relation to perspective and how to draw what we actually see, not what we think we see. Jeremy will cover basic watercolour techniques, with an introduction to the materials used to create different effects, such as paper types, colours, colour-mixing, colour theory, brushes,and other sundry useful items at the watercolourist’s disposal. Come with your questions!

Course tutor: Jeremy Ford
Jeremy studied Graphic Design at Southport College of Art, (1972-5) and Illustration at Harrow College of Art, London (1975-8) Professional Artist and Illustrator since then, working on a wide variety of books, magazines, and greeting cards. Instructional watercolour and pastel art books published by Search Press. Work commissioned by The Royal Horticultural Society, Bradford Exchange Limited Edition Plates, and American Express Travel Guides, amongst many others. DVDs on painting in watercolour and pastel, and contributed to numerous art books. In regular demand as a teacher and demonstrator and has a Certificate in Education (Post 16.) Demonstrates painting at many popular art events, working in all paint media. Demonstrated for St. Cuthbert's Paper Mill, (makers of Bockingford and Saunders Waterford watercolour papers) previously Senior Tutor and Principal UK Demonstrator for the Michael Wilcox School of Colour. Professional Associate and Former President of the S.A.A.

What to Bring
Paints: I don't insist that people use the same colours as me so please bring the colours you are familiar with. If you are considering buying artists quality colours then I recommend the following tubes or pans:
Ultramarine, (sometimes called French Ultramarine)
Phthalocyanine Blue (sometimes abbreviated to Phthalo Blue. N.B. Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Blue Green Shade, or Intense Blue. Daler-Rowney call it Phthalo Blue (Green Shade) If people already have Prussian Blue, it is similar and will do)
Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Red Pale, or Vermillion. Cadmium Red, which is slightly darker will do. Permanent Rose, (Quinacridone Violet is the same, as is Quinacridone Rose) Alizarin Crimson will do but like Rose Madder and Carmine, is darker and duller.
Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light, or Cadmium Yellow Pale.
Hansa Yellow Light, or Winsor Yellow, or Winsor Lemon, or Lemon Yellow (but NOT Lemon Yellow Nickel Titanate) Burnt Sienna. Burnt Umber or Sepia. (Not essential but useful)
Quinacridone Gold and/or Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre. Phthalocyanine Green (sometimes abbreviated to Phthalo Green. Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Green Blue Shade. Viridian or Emerald Green will do.
Permanent White gouache might be handy but isn't essential.
A B and/or 2B pencil
An eraser
Water containers
Plastic water bottle
Watercolour sketchbook, cartridge sketchbook; whatever size you like working. I work mostly on A3, A4 and slightly smaller.
Bulldog clips, elastic bands or masking tape to hold corners down
If you prefer to work on prepared stretched paper with gumstrip and a board be prepared, otherwise stick to sketchbooks which is my preference for outdoor work.
An assortment of brushes, suggest 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 - bigger if required
Perhaps a small rigger or linerwriter
Note: Tutor will have brushes and paper for sale if necessary.

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What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance



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  • Wheelchair friendly

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