Trees, skies and water in acrylics at Flatford Mill

Trees, skies and water in acrylics at Flatford Mill


This course aims to show you a variety of techniques and approaches for depicting these essential elements of the landscape, whilst improving your ability and style. On Saturday, Carole will show you many ways to improve your skills through step by step exercises, which will include brush control, colour mixing, using a palette knife, blending, glazing, layering and use of gels and additives. On Sunday you can choose to work outside on a Flatford view or from your own reference. This course is suitable for all abilities.

Fri 19, November 2021 16:00 - Sun 21, November 2021 16:00

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
If you have used acrylics before, bring what you have and are used to. If you plan to restock, you may like to consider the range of colours listed below.
There are many starter sets available from mail order companies, eg Ken Bromley, Great Art, Jacksons, the SAA etc. If possible use Artists’ quality – W&N, Liquitex, Golden etc or a good quality student range, eg Galleria, Daler-Rowney System 3 etc.
Colours: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue or Indanthrene Blue or Process Cyan, Cadmium Red Hue, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson, Dioxazine Purple, Titanium White, Optional - Mixing White (Zinc White)

Please bring at least 6 synthetic and/or bristle brushes so you have small, medium and large (size range 2-12) in a variety of shapes, e.g. round, filbert, flat and a rigger. Makes such as Graduate, Pro-Art or Rosemary and Co are all suitable.

A4 cartridge pad or sketchbook for sketching out rough ideas
An A3 Galleria Acrylic pad, or other suitable acrylic paper or canvas board, or Bockingford NOT watercolour paper

A ‘stay wet’ palette, specifically designed for acrylics is very useful to prevent the paint drying out. If you would like to make your own wet palette system, please bring a metal or plastic tray approx 11” x 7” and at least 1” deep, kitchen roll, several sheets of greaseproof cut to fit, and some cling film.

Other materials
2B pencil, an eraser
Masking tape
Kitchen roll
A painting knife (optional)
An old shirt or apron to protect your clothes
A small water spray bottle or mister (optional)

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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


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Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Suitable for

  • Public transport
  • Residential
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


3 days (flexible times to suit)

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