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Improve your watercolours with pen and wash at Flatford Mill

Improve your watercolours with pen and wash at Flatford Mill

About the Course

This course is for anyone who would like to learn how a combination of pen work and simple watercolour washes can produce exciting, worthwhile paintings. There will be plenty of demonstrations, plus individual guidance. The aim of the demonstrations will be to show students the full potential of this medium. All the basic technical information will be covered and there will be plenty of time for practice. The basic ideas of composition, colour and tone as well as drawing will also be revisited. The course is suitable for beginners and anyone who has worked with watercolour before and would like fresh ideas and inspiration.

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 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
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
Watercolour palette to hold and mix your paint
A water bottle and water container
An easel if you have one, but the Centre does provide drawing boards and table easels
A plastic eraser
Masking tape
Tissues/kitchen roll
Optimists should bring a sun hat
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.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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


Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
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