It’s true, you can draw! If you can sign your name then you have the dexterity to draw. The most important element in drawing is to see and interpret your subject. Carole will demonstrate a variety of techniques aimed at helping you to learn to draw accurately, master shading techniques and build up textures. Working in the classroom from a variety of natural objects, we will be looking at the effects that can be achieved by using different grades of graphite pencils, creating dramatic tonal contrast with charcoal and a kneadable eraser, and ink drawing with both a twig and a fibre tipped pen. By the end of the day you will be viewing the world in a whole new way! About the Tutor: Carole Massey Carole Massey is a popular and supportive tutor who has been teaching at Flatford Mill for over 20 years. She managed her own successful design partnership before returning to her first love of painting, which currently involves tutoring, demonstrations, private commissions, and exhibitions. A recent portrait commission for the Bank of England of Sir Charles Bean, deputy governor now hangs in the bank in perpetuity. She is a regular contributor to The Leisure Painter magazine, has written many teaching Art books, published by Search Press, with international sales exceeding 250,000. Her latest books are “Drawing for the Absolute Beginner” and “The Beginners’ Guide to Drawing Portraits” which will be on sale on the course. She has exhibited and demonstrated at the Mall Galleries, London, and her work is in a number of private collections in the UK and abroad. She lives in Suffolk. About Flatford Mill: We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is un-suitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible. Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable. What to Bring Please bring:- A 2B and a 6B (or 8B) pencil Charcoal sticks or a black pastel pencil A kneadable eraser A bottle of Indian ink A black or brown fibre tipped drawing pen e.g. Pilot or Faber Castell or equivalent, size 03 or 05 Masking tape if you are working on loose sheets of paper NB We will pick a twig from the hedgerow at Flatford to draw with! PAPER Medium surface cartridge paper e.g. W&N Medium Surface cartridge paper 100lbs/220gsm, which has a slight “tooth”. This can be in a pad or as loose sheets- size approx. 12” x 8” or 15” x 11”

What's included in the price?

Expert Tuition Free Wi-Fi Full Board Accommodation Hot and Cold Drinks Picnic Lunch Full board accommodation and picnic lunch is available for resident bookings only. Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.


3 days

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Limited mobility
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Parking provided
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
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Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, , Suffolk, CO7 6UL

Booking options

Resident (Sole Occupancy)
19:00 - 16:00
£292.00 See dates
Resident (Shared Room)
19:00 - 16:00
£254.00 See dates
19:00 - 16:00
£205.00 See dates