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.

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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.

Email address: [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 courses hosted by our engaging tutors and learn from their expertise and skills. Our art courses are a chance to meet like-minded people, a chance to unwind from everyday life, and 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:-

  • 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!
  • 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”

Opportunities to attend this course

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

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