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Pastel perfection at Flatford Mill

Pastel perfection at Flatford Mill

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Soft pastels are a vibrant and exciting medium, ideal for capturing the colours and texture of the landscape or for painting the subtleties of a portrait. Carole’s enthusiastic and informative demonstrations will guide you through a range of exercises to develop and extend your pastel painting ability, looking at mark making, surfaces, colour mixing, blending as well as using pastels over watercolours or acrylics. You can be inspired to paint the surrounding idyllic landscape and buildings, or paint a portrait, working from your own or Carole’s photographs. Suitable for all abilities.

Course tutor: Carole Massey
Carole Massey has been a professional artist for many years and is a very supportive and popular tutor whose courses are renowned for their versatility and enjoyment. She has published six books, has made a number of appearances on national TV, is a regular contributor to the Leisure Painter magazine as well as online painting websites. She has exhibited and demonstrated at the Mall Galleries, in East Anglia and in France, and was honoured with a portrait commission of Sir Charlie Bean, retiring deputy of the Bank of England, where the painting now hangs.

What to Bring
Soft pastels
A good range of artists quality soft pastels (e.g.W&N, Daler Rowney, Schminke, Unison, Sennelier) to include dark browns, blues and greens for landscapes, creams, pinks, reds, lilacs etc. for portraits and browns, ochres and darks for animals, depending on your subject.
Pastel pencils
If you wish to work solely with pastel pencils, then you will need and good range of colours, perhaps 24 or 36 minimum. If you are using mainly soft pastels then a black, white, brown etc. may be useful to add some fine details, depending on your subject.
Pastel paper: Ingres, Canson Mi-Teints or Fabriano can be bought in sheets or pads in and extensive range of colours; your choice of colour will depend on personal preference and subject, but earth colours, buff, browns, greens for landscapes and pinky grey (Moonstone) or bluish grey, cream or beige for portraits, buff, or greys for animals: Size approx.. 16 x 11, 420 x 297mm in loose sheets or a pad.
OR Sand textured board e.g. Fisher 400, Sandfix, Heaton cooper, Youdells, Canson Touch etc, colours as above
A stump (or torchon), cotton buds or colour shapers for blending
A kneadable eraser or blue tack
An apron or shirt to protect your clothes.
Masking tape or clips to secure paper to board
For sketching - a sketchbook & 3B pencil
Suitable photographic reference. For portraits of people and animals please ensure they are good quality and large enough; for people - try to avoid a mouthful of teeth! Work form several photos, if necessary, for the perfect pose.

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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


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