Following on from the earlier acrylics course, which covered basis painting techniques for trees, skies and water, this course is designed to include more advanced techniques using this, the most versatile of painting mediums – using gels and mediums designed to add texture or change the finish of the paint, the use of glazing layers, palette knife techniques, using collage, as well as how to stretch a canvas.

On Saturday we will tackle many of the techniques listed above and there will also be a diagnostic session where you can analyse and rework your existing paintings. Carole will give a demonstration on Saturday evening after supper and on Sunday you can start a new painting or continue with the work from Saturday.

There will be both individual and group tuition throughout the course.

Tutor: Carole Massey

Carole Massey is a popular and supportive tutor who has been teaching at Flatford Mill for nearly 20 years. She managed her own successful design partnership before returning to her first love of painting, which currently involves a combination of tutoring, demonstrations, private commissions, exhibitions, TV appearances and filming for a leading online website 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 art magazines and has written many teaching Artbooks, published by the award winning publisher 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. Carole 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 now lives in Suffolk. She can be contacted via email - [email protected].

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to Bring


  • If you have used acrylics before, bring what you have and are used to. If you plan to restock, you may like to consider the range of colours listed below.
  • There are starter sets available online e.g. Ken Bromley, Great Art, Jacksons, the SAA etc.  or from shops such as Hobbycraft. If possible use Artists’ quality – W&N, Liquitex, Golden etc or a good quality student range, e.g. Galleria, Daler-Rowney System 3 etc.


  • Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna
  • Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue or Indanthrene Blue or Process Cyan
  • Cadmium Red Hue, Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson
  • Dioxazine Purple, Titanium White, Optional - Mixing White (Zinc White)
  • Plus: Glazing medium is useful for transparent glazes
  • Optional: Metallic and interference acrylics for experimentation if you have them


Please bring at least 6 synthetic and/or bristle brushes so you have small, medium and large (size range 2-12) in a variety of shapes, e.g. round, filbert, flat, rigger etc. Makes such as Graduate, Pro-Art, or my favourite, Rosemary&Co - their Shiraz, (synthetic) or Chungking bristle brushes are good quality and good value


  • A4 cartridge pad or sketchbook for sketching out rough ideas
  • An A3 (30 x 42cm) Galleria Acrylic pad, or other brands of acrylic paper or board
  • OR Bockingford NOT or semi-rough watercolour paper, 140lb. 300gsm


A ‘stay wet’ palette, specifically designed for acrylics is very useful to prevent paint drying out. If you would like to make your own wet palette system, please bring a metal or plastic tray, at least 11” x 7”, kitchen roll, several sheets of greaseproof cut to fit, and some cling film.

Other materials

  • 2B pencil, an eraser, masking tape, kitchen roll
  • A painting knife or knives
  • An old shirt or apron to protect your clothes and a small water spray bottle or mister.
  • For Collage (optional)
  • PVA glue and a range of coloured, printed, textured paper or tissue paper

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