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Drawing and Sketching Courses

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Do you feel inspired by the world around you? Are you motivated to pick up a brush 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.

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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.

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 FSC Flowers of walks and waysides features common wild flowers you may see on country walks, growing in hedgerows, grassy areas and meadows.

FSC Heaths and Mires is designed to help you carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey of heath and mire habitats, following the guidelines set out in the JNCC Handbook.

These drawing and sketching courses are designed to appeal to all those who would like to learn drawing and sketching techniques or refine their existing drawing and sketching skills.  Find out more about which drawing and sketching course is suitable for you

The list below shows the current drawing and sketching courses available.  Full details of each of the drawing and sketching courses can be found by clicking on the title. 


Why choose an FSC drawing course or sketching course?

  • Location: FSC Centres have been chosen for their stunning locations with amazing views and access to flora and wildlife, ensuring you make the most of your drawing and sketching course
  • Expert staff: FSC drawing and sketching courses are led by expert tutors who are passionate and knowledgeable about the subject
  • Suitable for everyone: drawing and sketching courses are available at all levels whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced artist