In-person course
in Suffolk

Portrait painting and drawing at Flatford Mill



For those who already have a little experience at drawing and painting and wish to start or improve their portrait work, this is always a most stimulating, challenging and beneficial course. On the first morning, working from photographs, we explore ways to draw more accurately, capture a likeness, study the form of the head, the features and consider composition and pose. For the remainder of the course we will work from models every day. For each model we start with 2 short “warm-up” sketches followed by a longer pose for the rest of the morning or afternoon As well as constant individual tuition throughout, Carole gives a demonstration on most evenings and group appraisals at the end of each day. Group limited to 12 pupils. You can choose to work in drawing media, watercolours, pastel pencils, soft pastels or acrylics. 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 Here are some suggestions for materials you may wish to use on the course, depending on your preferred medium Drawing 2B and 4B pencil Cartridge paper for either loose or in a pad e.g.W&N Medium Surface Cartridge Paper in a spiral bound pad, A3 size Tinted pastel paper – pinky grey, blue/grey, grey or buff Charcoal sticks plus a white pastel OR black white and brown pastel pencils Watercolour Bring whatever colours you prefer to work with, to include a range of colours: Lemon yellow or Aureolin, Cadmium yellow, Raw Sienna, Cadmium red or Vermillion, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Light Red or Red Oxide, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue or Winsor Blue or Cerulean, Cobalt (optional) Optional Colours: Cobalt, Phthalo Green, or Viridian and Cobalt magenta Paper: 140lb or 300gsm Watercolour paper e.g. Bockingford, Arches, Waterford or Fabriano etc. Size approx. 15 x 11” in loose sheets or a pad Brushes*: Nos 5, 8 and 12 round, sable/synthetic blend watercolour brushes. A Palette Masking fluid and suitable applicator eg, dip pen or cocktail stick etc Soft Pastels (NB NOT oil pastels) A good range of colours to include creams, yellows, flesh colours, purples, cool greens and blues, ochres and browns, as well as some darks. A range of pastel papers such as Canson Mi-Teints, Ingres, Sennelier etc OR sand textured pastel paper COLOURS - cream, buff, warm grey, cool grey, or pinky grey, depending on preference A stump or torchon for blending Paper or newspaper to cover finished work Fixative (optional) Latex gloves to keep your hands clean(optional) An apron Acrylics Colours: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Red, Permanent Rose, Red Oxide, Dioxazine Purple, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Burnt Sienna , Burnt Umber, Viridian or Phthalo Green, Mixing or Transparent white, Titanium White Brushes*: a good quality range of hog and/or synthetic brushes in a variety of sizes and shapes (e.g.round, filbert, flat) A ‘Stay Wet’ palette (or to make your own bring a large baking tray, blotting paper, greaseproof paper and clingfilm ) Acrylic paper, board or canvases (optional) Oils If you would prefer to work in oils rather than acrylics, please bring what you are used to working with, using Liquin as a more environmentally friendly painting medium. NB Carole does not demonstrate in oils. Other Equipment Craft knife or pencil sharpener Kneadable rubber Kitchen roll Handwipes 1” masking tape *If you are buying new brushes, I can recommend Rosemary and Co, a very good mail order company producing a wide range of high quality, reasonably priced brushes. For Watercolour – Red Sable Blend, a synthetic/sable mix For Acrylics- Chungking bristle and Shiraz ranges

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. 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.


5 days (6:01pm to 4:01pm)

Cancellation policy

. Start dates may be amended on request.



Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
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