Inspired and Direct Watercolour Landscapes - Flatford Mill

This course has past its finish date but this page will remain available until 23rd April 2018.

Duration: 4 days

Price: £475

Run by: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

01206 297110

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL

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About the Course

Four day residential watercolour art workshop run by the Field Studies Council.

In this course we will aim to paint outdoors ‘en plein air’ each day, weather permitting, taking inspiration from the experience and adventure of being out in the landscape. A direct approach to watercolour will be demonstrated and some boldness encouraged. Tuition will focus particularly on the importance of observation, composition, simplification of a subject and achieving correct tonal values. Subjects will likely include buildings, foliage, sky, water and more. Jem will offer a full demonstration on any day spent entirely outdoors, then offer guidance and support to each student equally through the remainder of the day as they complete at least one painting. Note, it is the intention that we'll be outdoors at least half of each day if weather permits, so please come prepared for the typical weather and underfoot conditions of this time of year. Outdoor work will be complemented by tuition in the studio where there will be a focus on core technique and overcoming problems encountered, through demonstration, exercises and step-by-step painting as appropriate. Whilst fundamental principles and techniques will be addressed throughout, the course is aimed primarily at those having experience of watercolour but wanting to improve, particularly in terms of working outdoors. Beginners to the medium who are up for a challenge would however be welcome.

Jem Bowden is known for his fresh, direct and dynamic style of landscape painting. Working in the inspiring plein air tradition is core to his practice. As a tutor Jem is in demand to give demonstrations and run workshops at art societies, clubs and teaching centres. He tutors for London Art College and on residential painting holidays, as well as contributing to various painting magazines.

Flatford Mill lies at the heart of the Dedham Vale, on the banks of the River Stour near the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott’s House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest are all reflected in our extensive programme of courses.

The Centre is located between Colchester and Ipswich and is about 10 miles from each, approximately 2 miles from the A12.

Please click through to our website via the button above to book your place, or get in touch for more details.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The fee also includes accommodation in your own room. Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).
Up to 9 hours of tuition a day
Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day
Use of resources including library, workrooms, studios and the Centre grounds
If you would like accommodation, full board accommodation includes a cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, home made cakes and an evening meal.
Please check the course brochure on our website for more details of what you should bring.



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Course Start Dates

Monday 9th April 2018

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