Have you ever wanted to explore the skills and techniques of abstract realism? Set in idyllic Constable countryside, the two-day course will encourage painters to explore landscape painting through Acrylic, Oil or Mixed Media in either the studio or ‘En Plien Air’.

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Practical advice and demonstrations will be given in preparing painting surfaces, painting techniques with Acrylic and Oil paint and composition.

Painters will also be involved in discussions on colour temperature, aerial perspective and focal points within a painting. One to one discussions will be available as well as an optional open critic on Saturday evening.


About the Tutor

Mike Roberts

I have been painting at Flatford Mill for over ten years, firstly as a supporting art tutor for 6th form students and later, independently, with friends and acquaintances who have all come to love the peace and tranquillity that Flatford Mill offers. Every year Flatford Mill and the surrounding area continues to offer inspiration for the practice of ‘En Plien Air’ painting.

I completed my foundation year at Lincoln College of Art in the late 80’s before moving to London and completing a Fine Art Degree at North East London Polytechnic later going on to St Martins College of Art. After over 20 years of working in Film, Theatre and Dance I retrained as Design and Technology teacher and in time came to develop my own artistic interests. Supported by a rich and active artistic community in the Weald of Kent I have shown work in many galleries and Art shows in the area.

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 unsuitable 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.

Example Timetable

Check-in is between 1400-1800, if you are arriving after 1800 please advise us, so we can ensure you are advised of access codes, room key location, and room location.

You will meet the tutor at dinner, and you will have your first session after dinner.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Picnic Lunch

Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for resident bookings only.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Paints of your choice either Acrylic, Oil, Watercolour or mixed media
  • Brushes, a good variety the larger the better
  • Minimum of 2 medium sized canvas or board, A2 approx. 40cm x 60cm or larger
  • Easel and stool (also available at the centre)
  • White Spirt or cleaning agents for paint
  • A4 - A3 Sketch pad
  • Pencils, Rubber etc.
  • Hat and water proofs
  • Wet weather boots/shoes
  • Sun lotion, water bottle, insect replant

OTHER ITEMS - The Centre will provide drawing boards. We also have small sketching stools and easels for hire at a small charge if required.
The Centre shop stocks loose sheets of Bockingford 140lb paper.

Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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