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Painting plants: autumn colours and designs at Flatford Mill

Painting plants: autumn colours and designs at Flatford Mill

About the Course

This studio-based flower painting course is equally suitable for beginners and those with some experience. It is an opportunity to create paintings or designs based on the autumn colours of late flowers, leaves and fruits. The use of pencil, pen and ink, watercolour and gouache on various paper surfaces will be discussed and there will be plenty of individual tuition to help you develop your own way of representing the subjects you select. You are welcome to bring your own design project if you wish.

We will be based mainly in the studio where there will be talks and demonstrations on the use of watercolour, pencil, pen and ink, and gouache. Careful observation and the use of a sketchbook will be discussed. You are welcome to bring a selection of your work for constructive criticism and comment.

Course tutor: Jennifer Andrews
Jennifer Andrews is a freelance painter and designer, who is also responsible for the borders in front of the Mill and Willy Lotts House. Training in art began at the Oxford School of Art followed by three years at the Royal College.

What to Bring
The list of equipment required for you to bring with you has been kept to a minimum, to keep down the expense for beginners until they have developed a ‘feel’ for what is needed. Your local art shop will help with any of the terms mentioned below which are unfamiliar. If you have painted before you are of course welcome to bring other materials not on the list.

Paper: Please bring three or more sheets of cartridge paper (Daler, Gold Line or Canson is recommended), size A3, weight not less than 180 gsm. Hot Pressed and Not surface paper, two or three sheets of each, any size. A spiral bound sketchbook A4 size or smaller. Various papers will be on sale from the tutor.
Drawing board with tape or clips. Boards can, however, be provided free of charge at the Centre.
Pencils: B, 2B, 4B and 8B.
Pens: Fibre tip pen fine grade, brown preferred.
Dip pen: A pen holder with flexible drawing nibs (suggest Gillotts 303), plus waterproof ink, brown preferred, and will all be available from the tutor.
Paints: Please bring whatever you have already. If buying from scratch Artists’ Quality watercolours are the best quality but a cheaper range is quite adequate. Reliable brands are Winsor & Newton, Rowney, Talens, Schmincke. You can bring tubes or pans according to preference.
Suggested colours from the Winsor & Newton Artists range are: French Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Indigo, Light Red, Aureolin Yellow, Permanent Rose, Transparent Yellow, Scarlet Lake
A cheaper range would be Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours, in any colours similar to the above.
Brushes: Two or three between numbers 2 and 10. These can be in sable, which is quite expensive, but the Pro-arte or Sceptre ranges are acceptable alternatives. One or two flat brushes, between 1/4” - 3/4”are useful.
Penknife or pencil sharpener
A soft rubber
A few cotton rags or J-cloth
One sheet of tracing paper, A3 or A4 size
Please also bring any cut flowers or pot plants you would particularly like to draw and paint, but plants will be provided for you as well.
Please note that the Centre does not stock art materials.

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
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