Contemporary Impressionism in Constable Country - 4 day painting holiday


Duration: 4 days

Price: £452

Run by: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

01206 297110

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL

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About the Course

4 day art residential based at Flatford Mill, a historic property once owned by the Constable family.

Impressionism began in the 1870’s in France and is still influential and relevant today for the simple reason that it is still probably the most popular of the pictorial arts. It is appropriate that a course on Impressionism should be here in Constable Country because it was Constable’s paintings of the Stour Valley that inspired Monet and Pissarro. This course explores how the impressionists painted; we look at the new approach they took to colour, drawing, composition and subject with simple demonstrations and explanations on how they achieved their effects, with students then exploring techniques, working in oil and acrylics. See also 10th-13th August if you would like to joing Pat for a full week and enjoy a 10% discount on the fees.

Pat Gavin studied Painting, Illustration, History of Art and Interior Design at Hornsey College of Art. Painting has always been central to his work during his career as an illustrator, graphic designer and animator, in television, film and advertising. He took the art and skill of painting on canvas into the technology of computer generated images and now brings this knowledge back to the canvas as a full time painter and teacher.

Bring a friend! If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. Please get in touch directly to book this offer.

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.

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What's included in the price?

The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
Up to 9 hours of tuition a day
Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day
Use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds.
If you would like accommodation, full board accommodation includes a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, home made cakes and an evening meal.
Please check the course brochure on our website for more details of what you should bring.



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Course Start Dates

Monday 6th August 2018

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