Do you have a set of water-soluble pencils but are not sure how to use them? Then this course is for you.

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Water soluble pencils are an extremely versatile medium, combining the familiarity of a pencil with the magic of watercolour. They are the perfect medium for those yet to master watercolours, whilst retaining all the appeal of drawing and are an ideal medium for both the beginner and the more experienced artist alike.

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.
You can email Carole on: [email protected]

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 drawing and sketching and watercolour 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.

Example Timetable

On Saturday we will start by doing a range of exercises - blending colours, creating wet in wet washes, controlling brush techniques and mark making painting skies, trees and landscape subjects. In the afternoon, you can choose to follow Carole’s step by step demonstration or paint a subject of your own choice.

On Saturday evening after supper, Carole will do a demonstration of Willy Lotts House.

On Sunday, you can choose to paint one of the views around Flatford, paint a still life of shells or fruit, or work from your own or Caroles photographs – the choice is yours!

What's Included

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

Bring a good colour range (minimum 18) of Artist quality water soluble coloured pencils E.g. Caran d’Ache, Derwent Inktense pencils; Daler Rowney “Albrecht Durer”, Aquarelles etc.

Nos. 5, 8 and 12 round – synthetic or synthetic/sable blend brushes are more suitable for using with water soluble pencils than softer, sable brushes.
If you wish to buy new ones, I recommend Rosemary & Co E.g Pointed Sable Mix or Golden Synthetic

Watercolour paper 140lb/300gsm NOT (semi rough) approx.14” x 10” in a pad or in loose sheets e.g. Bockingford, Langton, Cotman, Canson Handmade papers such as Arches, Saunders Waterford etc. are not suitable for this medium.
For colour mixing and practice exercises you can use a good quality cartridge paper providing it has a “tooth” or grain to the paper e.g. W&N medium surface cartridge pad, 150 or 220gsm.

Other Materials
- Plastic rubber
- Craft knife or pencil sharpener
- Masking tape
- Kitchen roll
- Photographic reference for a landscape or subject of your choice

Opportunities to attend this course

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

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