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Improve your watercolours at Flatford Mill

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Improve your watercolours at Flatford Mill

Duration: 3 days

Price: £220

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 27th March 2020

About the Course

This course is designed for those with some experience of painting in watercolour who may be somewhat frustrated with their attempts to achieve fresh and lively results. Demonstrations will include a review of the essential elements of working with pure watercolour and an introduction to line and wash techniques. Particular attention will be given to the importance of composition, simplification of a subject and creating correct tonal values.

Course tutor: John Tookey
John Tookey is an experienced artist who regularly teaches at Flatford Mill and has a great reputation with his students. His deceptively effortless painting style captures the essence of landscape scenes to great effect and his relaxed teaching style quietly encourages and supports those around him.

What to Bring
Bring what you have and what you are used to working with, which includes colours, brushes, paper or boards and appropriate accessories. If, however, you are thinking of re-stocking your watercolour materials, you may like to consider the following:

Paper: Bockingford 140lb (300 gsm), NOT (Loose sheets of this paper is stocked at the Centre.)
Saunders Waterford 140lb (300 gsm) NOT
You can buy both these papers in individual sheets, or as pads and blocks

Colours: If you are buying from scratch we would recommend tube or pan colours of Artists’ quality watercolour. A suggested range includes:
Light Red Winsor Red Burnt Sienna Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber Winsor Yellow Ultramarine Winsor or Prussian Blue
Payne’s Grey Cobalt Blue Cerulean Blue* Brown Madder*
*These colours are not essential.

Palette: A palette with plenty of compartments for paint and several good-sized mixing wells is essential for successful watercolour. An inexpensive moulded plastic palette, which has approximately 18 small wells for paint and 3 or 4 larger wells for mixing, is available from most art shops.

Brushes: The brush is probably the most important part of your equipment. A large brush is essential for good watercolour! We would suggest particularly a Pro Arte Number 18 or 16, Prolene Series 101. You will also need a Number 10 or Number 8 brush for more detailed work, and a Number 3.

Other Materials: If you wish to try the ‘line and wash’ technique you will need the following: waterproof Indian ink (Rotring), black or sepia; a steel-nib pen (even a cocktail stick or tooth pick jammed into a pen holder makes an excellent drawing implement!); or a selection of waterproof felt-tipped pens, eg Edding 1800 Profipen, sizes 0.7 or 0.5, or Pilot drawing pen, size 0.8.
Please note that the Centre does not stock art materials, apart from the 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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