By Mary Jones 15th January 2020

Do you feel inspired by the world around you? Are you motivated to pick up a pencil to capture what you experience? This is exactly how two celebrated British artists felt about their homelands, and at FSC we are taking inspiration not only from our stunning surroundings, but also following in the artistic footsteps of these two greats.

John Constable, one of England’s most celebrated landscape painters lived and worked in the late 18th century around Flatford Mill and East Bergholt. Born in Suffolk to wealthy parents, he spent many sketching trips in the surrounding countryside in his youth and later pursued a career in art, funded by a small allowance granted from his father. He entered the Royal Academy Schools, where he studied the old masters, which undoubtedly influenced his later landscape pieces, though his greatest inspiration continued to be the love of his homeland, which is now commonly referred to as Constable Country.

At FSC Flatford Mill we will be following in his footsteps of John Constable, painting some of his most iconic views, or sketching trees and cloud formations just as he did, studying the views and atmosphere of this picturesque, unspoilt corner of Suffolk, uing materials to include drawing media, water colours, acrylics and/or pastels.

Lancashire born Alfred Wainwright was both a keen walker and sketcher from childhood. He meticulously crafted his 7 Pictoral Guides to the Lakeland Fells, walking every day through the country to record his findings, motivated by his desire to protect and conserve the landscapes he was so captivated by. These guides have given inspiration and guidance to many other walkers and artists alike. Join us at FSC Malham Tarn to combine your love of walking and drawing. We will go out and explore the landscape of this beautiful place each morning on foot, making fast sketches and taking photographs: looking at landscapes, rock formations, landmarks and vegetation. Our links with Alfred Wainwright continue to grow, with FSC Blencathra recently receiving a £1500 check from The Wainwright Society.

  • Illustration of a thistle by Debbie Devauden
  • Drawing of an Amarylis Seedhead by Debbie Devauden
  • Drawing of a conker by Debbie Devauden
  • Drawing of an alium by Debora Cane
  • Drawing of frogs by Debora Cane
  • Drawing of mushrooms by Debora Cane