Working Dark to Light in Acrylics - 3 day residential

Duration: 3 days

Price: £380

Run by: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

01206 297110

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

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About the Course

Spend 3 glorious days at Flatford Mill on this acrylic painting residential art holiday.

Thinking of having a go with oils but not sure? Acrylic techniques are the same, building layers from dark to light. They are a good stepping stone or media in their own right. You will learn to use subjects as inspiration in an impressionistic style. Come and enjoy learning with Linda using a variety of subjects including landscape, still life and figures! Linda’s teaching is not step by step so she can tutor a group of mixed abilities, she will demonstrate a technique or subject which you will then have a go at, she encourages students to be inspired by, not to copy, she believes if everyone produces the same painting she has failed. Her painting techniques follow traditional rules which she believes you have to know before you break them. Tuition will include perspective, tones, complimentary colour work and colour mixing, working in the studio from photograph references, still life and maybe outside depending on the weather!

Linda Matthews has worked as a full time artist and tutor for 11 years - her studio and gallery are in the Norfolk Broads. Inspired by everything around her, she enjoys sharing the essentials of watercolour in the studio so you can experience fully the freedom of painting from life - en plein air - out of doors. She works professionally in most media. Her philosophy for painting is ‘Wherever you look there is something to paint. You can never be bored with a pencil, a sketchbook and a paintbox’.

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 or telephone us. 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

Friday 23rd March 2018

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