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Freshen up your watercolours at Flatford Mill

Freshen up your watercolours at Flatford Mill

Duration: 3 days

Price: £270

Contact: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Friday 4th September 2020

About the Course

This weekend course is for anyone who has attended a beginners course or painted with watercolours before and feels in need of new inspiration to be able to make more progress. Everyone can expect to get fresh ideas on how to see and apply watercolour simply. Tuition will be through a mixture of demonstrations and individual guidance, according to your prior experience. The aim of the demonstrations will to be to show how the unique and elusive properties of watercolour – transparency and freshness – can be achieved. Subjects will be suggested both outdoors and in the studio, according to the weather. The course will include plenty of practical work, concentrating on analysing and simplifying the subject in a visual way. All the basic technical information will also be covered, but the emphasis will be on painting fresh and lively watercolours, using the most direct methods possible with the simplest of materials.

Course tutor: Andrew Pitt
Andrew Pitt has had many one-man exhibitions and is an experienced tutor and demonstrator. He frequently runs painting workshops for art societies and is also a regular contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine. This is his 12th consecutive season as an Associate Tutor at FSC Flatford Mill.

What to Bring
Bring your usual painting equipment and whatever materials you are familiar with. The following are suggestions only and describe the equipment Andrew will use.

BRUSHES - You will need one large round brush for skies and a medium and small brush that point well for detail. So three brushes, probably in the size range 3 - 10. Avoid brushes with synthetic hair if you can – keep to sable or squirrel hair brushes.

COLOURS - Either pan or tube colours are suitable – tubes are the easiest and most convenient. Bring the colours you are familiar with. This list is just a guide and gives details of the colours Andrew will use: Winsor or Prussian Blue Cobalt Blue French Ultramarine Blue Burnt Umber Cerulean Blue Cadmium Orange Burnt Sienna Light Red Cadmium Red Viridian Raw Sienna Cadmium Yellow Alizarin Crimson Cadmium Lemon

PAPER - Bockingford (140 lb or 200 lb paper) or Arches (140 lb) either ‘Not’ or ‘Rough’ surface or Fabriano (140 lb) ‘Not’ or ‘Rough’. Saunders Waterford (140lb) is also a suitable paper.

PENCILS - At least 3B or softer pencil.

watercolour palette to hold and mix your paint
water bottle
water container
small bottle of black waterproof ink
a broad brimmed hat if you are an optimist.
a small spray water bottle to keep paint moist
kitchen roll to wipe clean the mixing areas in your palette.
easel and drawing board if you have one, although the centre does provide drawing boards (sketching stools and easels can be hired at the centre for a small charge)
Please note that the centre does not stock art materials, apart from loose sheets of the 140 lb Bockingford paper referred to above.]

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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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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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