This drawing and painting course is open to anyone with any amount of experience with mixed media methods. The simple steps in each session will build into an in-depth investigation, that will increase your understanding of the properties of a variety of media. We will start with some directed tasks through demonstrations and prepared examples to introduce and guide you.

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A wide variety of media and different papers will be used to discover their potential and limitations. Then through negotiated tasks you will explore how the varied media can be integrated, modified or adapted so that you can enhance and refine your skills. Working either from the earlier tasks or your own interests, create personal images with very distinctive characteristics.

About the tutor

Stephen Joyce

Steve has been practicing his art and teaching art in a variety of further education colleges and other contexts for over 25 years. He studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and attained a BA (Hons), then later MA in Contemporary Art & Professional Practice at Colchester Institute. He has a wealth of experience from his diverse practice and teaching and great enthusiasm to share his fascination for how pictures can be made differently.

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.

Explore our range of mixed media courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people and a chance to unwind from everyday life. They are a great opportunity to experience the UK’s glorious countryside surrounding our field centres.

Example Timetable

Arrival Day

Check-in is between 1600-1800, 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 is available for resident bookings only.
Refreshments are included for all, but non-resident bookings are advised to bring lunch with you.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Please bring along some of your own preferred equipment, media and paper (or pad), following along the guide lists below, as this will help you connect new methods and media to those you know. You may wish to bring your own resource images or/and objects to work from, or just use those provided. A limited supply of some of these Provided items will be available to extend the variety of media and is included in the price.

Essentials to select to bring:

  • Paper - Any kind including Cartridge, Pastel, or Watercolour papers*
  • Watercolours - tubes or pans as preferred
  • Gouache paint or Acrylic paint
  • or Pastels
  • Pencils - graphite HB, 2B, 6B (or similar at least)
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Craft Knife
  • Mixing Palette
  • Brushes - sizes 6, or 8 - Recommended that you have soft brushes made of sable, synthetic, or a sable/synthetic mix for watercolour size 6, 8 or 10 as preferred, and smaller if you like fine details
  • Bristle brush (hog hair or similar) sizes 2 or 4 or 6

Optional or useful additions:

  • Gouache paint or Acrylic paint
  • Pastels
  • Inks or Pens: biro, gel, posca pens, Fine liner felt pen (permanent or/& water-soluble)
  • Acrylic Modelling Paste
  • Acrylic Glazing Medium
  • Charcoal or Pastels
  • Wax crayons
  • Palette knife
  • Paper blending stump or Tortillion
  • Fixative

Provided and included in the price for exploratory tests:

  • Resource images or/and objects to work from
  • Sundries - A small selection of specialist papers, Masking tape, PVA medium, Chalk, pastels, colouring crayons, felt pens, wax crayons, some gouache, pastel.

*Notes for Paper - Standard cartridge paper will be a good basic paper and watercolour papers can be used; You can use separate paper sheets or pads as you prefer. The thickness or weight should be at least 140 gsm or about 65lb, brands vary greatly, so aim for that or even a thicker. The type and thickness can be to your preference with any with finish, not, rough or hot pressed, but a variety is good.

Purchase on the day:

  • Permanent black fine liner pens, Water-soluble fine liner pens, Conté pencils (black, sepia, sanguine as available)

For further information and examples of previous student work:

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Fri 30, August 2024 19:00 - Sun 01, September 2024 16:00

    Flatford Mill
    East of England
    £205 - £292
    Stephen Joyce
    Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item