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First steps in pencil, pen and ink at Flatford Mill

First steps in pencil, pen and ink at Flatford Mill

Duration: 4 days

Price: £395

Book with: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Course Start Dates

Tuesday 14th April 2020

About the Course

Starting right from the beginning, this course looks at observational drawing of still life subjects. It covers the importance of lines, how to use them, how different weights of line affect a visual image and goes on to explain tone.

This is a relatively fast paced course: you will spend around one to three hours on each drawing, trying out different ideas on each one. The majority of projects will be studio based, with a variety of subjects that have been brought in by your tutor. Starting with relatively simple line drawings of straightforward subjects such as food packets, we will move on to increasingly complex subjects as the course progresses. In addition, we will make a brief trip to the National Trust café to practice drawing in public where you will be encouraged to draw a still life of your cup and any other items on the table in front of you.

Intended for students with little previous experience, this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pen and ink to immerse themselves in a weekend of varied and enjoyable still life drawing.

Crouse tutor: Debora Cane
Debora is an enthusiastic art tutor with over 30 years’ experience. All of her courses concentrate on simple concepts and practical techniques and are suitable for everyone.

What to Bring
A pad of good quality cartridge paper (around 200gsm) A4 size.
Optional: Sketchbook to draw out in the field: reasonable quality, around 140gsm or above (a standard Seawhite sketchbook is absolutely fine) around A4 size, hard backed. Bring the size and shape you feel comfortable with, noting that you can use your cartridge paper on a drawing board instead for the outdoor exercises.
A couple of black drawing pens. I use a refillable LAMY cartridge pen with Noodlers Bullet Proof Black Ink. But any pigment fineliner pen that you feel comfortable drawing with (both the Staedtler and Faber-Castell Pitt pigment fine liners work well).
A POSCA white brush pen to correct mistakes (optional).
A couple of 2B pencils and rubber

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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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  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair friendly

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