Freshen up your Watercolours at Flatford Mill



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 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 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 Field Studies Council 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. OTHER ITEMS - Watercolour palette to hold and mix your paint Water bottle Water container Sketchbook 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. 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. The price is for sole occupancy accommodation. Shared accommodation and non-resident prices are available.

What's included in the price?

Free Wi-Fi Full Board Accommodation Hot and Cold Drinks Picnic Lunch Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for resident bookings only.


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
  • Residential
  • Advanced/pro level
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Intermediate level
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL