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Portrait Painting and Drawing - 5 day art residential

This course has past its finish date but this page will remain available until 23rd December 2019.

Duration: 5 days

Price: £675

Book with: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

About the Course

Spend a glorious week at Flatford Mill on this art residential course, run by the Field Studies Council.

For those who already have a little experience at drawing and painting and wish to improve their portrait work, this is always a most stimulating, challenging and fun week. Working in your own choice of media (watercolours, pastels and/or acrylics), we explore ways to improve accurate drawing skills, and capture a likeness through studying the form, features, composition and pose. Apart from the first "warm up" day, when we work from photographs, we will be working from models all week. As well as constant individual tuition throughout, Carole gives a demonstration on several evenings and group appraisals at the end of each day. Evening activities will include demonstrations in a range of media, or watching a DVD. We will be working in a studio that was once part of the Mill that belonged to the Constable family. The aim is for each student to gain a feeling of accomplishment through increased perception and skills, while enjoying the atmosphere of this historic and inspirational setting.

Carole Massey has been a professional artist for many years and is a versatile and popular tutor who is celebrating her 15th year as an Associate Tutor at Flatford Mill in 2017. She works in a variety of media and her own work includes many celebrated portrait commissions. Carole has written six books, the latest one being Drawing Portraits (Search Press). She is a regular contributor to the Sky Painting Channel and is a Professional Associate of the Society for All Artists.

Bring a friend! If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. Please get in touch directly to book this offer.

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. 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 December 2019

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  • Wheelchair friendly

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