FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Painting the Coast and Coastal Wildlife

  • Location: Millport
  • Tutor: John Threlfall
  • Dates: Friday 02 August 2019 to Sunday 04 August 2019
  • Times: 05:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £242

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

This course focuses on the coastal habitat of Great Cumbrae Island off the Ayrshire mainland. A range of habitats will be encountered and as the wildlife alters accordingly, you will be encouraged to incorporate the birds and mammals observed by way of animating your landscapes and bringing a narrative to the picture-making process. We will look at composition and the tonal qualities of your painting by way of bringing a stronger dimension to your work and at drawing/seeing techniques to be able to sketch wildlife. The methods described will be of benefit to those in the early stages of their artistic journeys as well as to the more experienced field artist.

Extra nights

If you are interested in staying at the Centre for additional nights, before or after the course, please contact the Centre for availability and costs which start from £25 for B&B, or £40 full board (we can confirm B&B availability 4 weeks prior to the course). Sunday rate £35.

Partner Rate

For those paying the sole occupancy price, we are offering our guests a special rate for those who would like a twin room for them and their partner not enrolled on an FSC course, at £35 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.


John Threlfall is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and a recent winner of the Bird Artist of the Year award. His own book 'Between the Tides' was published in 2007 and his second book 'Drawn to the Edge' published in August 2013. John is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher.

Further Information

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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