Freshen up your watercolours with Andrew Pitt. This weekend course is for anyone who has attended a beginners’ course, or painted with watercolours before. If you feel in need of new inspiration to be able to make further progress, this course is for you. Tuition will be through a mixture of demonstrations and individual guidance, according to your prior experience. The course is also suitable for anyone who has tried watercolour but has been disappointed with their results. There will be plenty of demonstrations but you will also receive individual guidance according to your experience. The aim of the demonstrations will be to show you how the unique and elusive properties of watercolour, transparency and freshness, can be achieved and exploited. 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 be covered, but the emphasis will be on painting fresh lively watercolours using the most direct methods possible, with the simplest of materials. Andrew believes that concentrating on basic watercolour technique. 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 Field Studies Council Flatford Mill. What to Bring Bring any painting equipment you already have. The following are suggestions only and describe the equipment Andrew will use. There is certainly no need to purchase everything. It is best if you are completely new to watercolour to purchase the minimum of painting materials first and see what Andrew uses. You will then be able to find out what will suit you. BRUSHES - You will need one round large brush for skies and a medium and small brush that point well for detail. So three brushes, probably in the size range 3 – 10. Natural hair (sable or squirrel) is best – avoid synthetic/nylon hair if you can. COLOURS - Either pan colours (in small plastic holders) or tube colours are suitable – tubes are the easiest and most convenient to use. Andrew will use the following colours: Ultramarine Blue Raw Sienna Burnt Sienna Prussian Blue Light Red Burnt Umber Cobalt Blue Cadmium Yellow Viridian Green Alizarin Crimson PAPER - It is essential that you bring paper made specifically for watercolour painting. A suitable make called Bockingford is obtainable in most art shops. You may also like to bring a small pad of cartridge paper for making quick sketches and notes. Paper will be available for sale. Arches watercolour paper is also good. Try to use paper which is at least 140lb in weight i.e. thickness, to ensure it doesn’t buckle when wet. PENCILS - Please bring at least a 2B or softer (3B) pencil. OTHER MATERIALS - Please bring a watercolour palette to hold and mix your paint; a water bottle and a water container. Bring an easel if you have one, but the Centre does provide drawing boards and table easels. A plastic eraser, masking tape and tissues/kitchen roll will all be useful. Optimists should bring a sun hat. 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. Information for Resident bookings (We are currently only offering non-residential spaces on this course as residential spaces are sold out) 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's included in the price?

Expert Tuition Free Wi-Fi Hot and Cold Drinks 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
  • Parking provided
  • Weekends
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL