Summer Shoreline: Landscape in Ink and Coloured Pencils



Using tutor Helen Hanson’s unusual but effective mix of ink and dry coloured pencil, this course will focus on the water, sky, rocks and flowers that make up the summer shoreline. Unlike pen and wash, her method is not water-based, nor does it involve “colouring in”. Instead, the two media are integrated as you work, bringing the landscape to life with layers of rich colour, mark-making in ink and the use of easy to learn creative techniques. Discover how to represent rocks, sea and sky in an inventive way and introduce the plants that will give your picture an authentic sense of place. Using your own or the tutor’s images you will be guided through the processes with demonstrations and individual help and encouraged to follow your own style. This is slow art but you will have time to complete one or two small images. The process is very therapeutic and absorbing, and you will be surprised at the uniqueness of the result! About the Tutor: Helen Hanson Helen Hanson is a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, winner of the President’s Award and a former Council Member of the Society of Women Artists. She was for many years a successful printmaker, exhibiting her landscape etchings in galleries and exhibitions throughout Britain. Always inspired by the natural world, she now concentrates on ink and coloured pencil landscape and botanical coloured pencil works, and enjoys tutoring adults locally and at residential venues in the UK. What to Bring. -Artist quality coloured pencils (preferably non-watercolour, although these can be used dry) - Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Artist or Procolour, Caran D’Ache Pablo or similar. - A4 Bristol board (Strathmore Series 300 smooth is recommended). This will be available to purchase from the tutor by the sheet. - An HB pencil and ruler - A good pencil sharpener with a very sharp blade (Möbius & Ruppert round brass sharpener is highly recommended) - A grey putty rubber - Waterproof Indian ink pens - Faber Castell Pitt artist pens (SX, S, F, M) or Staedtler pigment liner pens (0.5, 0.3, 0.1 and ultra fine 0.05) - A sketch pad or cartridge paper for preliminary drawings Feel free to bring your own summer landscape photos, images or sketches, or to work from the Flatford environment. If you need inspiration the tutor will bring some seasonal images. Please keep to landscape and plants rather than buildings, people, boats etc. 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.


3 days (6:00pm to 4:00pm)

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
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Accommodation offered
  • Public transport
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL