After the recent festivities, it’s time for a creative detox in the peaceful surroundings of Flatford Mill. Take some time out to pause, reflect, regroup and paint! With location work around the Mill, on the banks of the Stour and in the studio join artists Rob and Siân Dudley as they share an approach to painting and drawing, that focuses on the artist, in you. Suitable for all levels of drawing or watercolour.

Whether you need to refocus your artistic endeavours, or have always wanted to paint but have not been sure where to start, you will find this course a stress-free and encouraging environment in which to start. Let Rob and Siân guide you as they offer plenty of encouragement that will inspire you, and have you reaching for your materials in the year ahead.

This watercolour course is suitable for both beginners and those with more experience of the medium alike.

The course will focus on engaging with the environment to find inspiration. Whether you discover this is the landscape that inspired Constable, elements of the buildings, or small quiet corners of Flatford Mill, you will be encourage to reflect upon the key elements that interest you, and become the starting points for your images.

This course outlines the important steps in planning a successful painting, from initial inspiration, through developing the idea to completion of the painting.

With plenty of tips and exercises, both on location and in the studio, the course will include information gathering (such as sketching and photographs) , and developing your understanding of composition, tone, colour and mark making.

If you have painted before it would be useful for Rob and Siân to see a selection of your work in order to discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay. If you are new to painting, maybe even wanting help to unwrap a Christmas present and get started, don’t be shy, Rob and Siân are here to help.

Rob and Siân recognise that not everyone is ready to exhibit, and you need not show your work to anyone else if you don’t want to!

Tutor: Rob Dudley

Rob Dudley has lived and worked in Devon since completing his degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art in 1980. The landscape has always been a starting point for much of Rob’s work. Finding the variety of landscapes in Devon particularly inspiring, he spends a great deal of time exploring the different effects of light on moorland and coastal scenes. He records the fleeting changes of light with both sketches and photographs, which he takes back to the studio to develop into more finished works. Rob works almost exclusively in his preferred medium of watercolour. Although a difficult medium to master he finds its elusiveness, which can be both rewarding and frustrating, makes each painting an exciting challenge. Rob also enjoys writing and in 2018 saw the publication of his first book on watercolour; ‘Painting Rivers from Source to Sea’. He is a regular contributor to The Artist and Illustrators magazine and demonstrates to art groups in the south west of England. He also is one of the script writers for the award winning animated children’s series ‘Shaun the Sheep’ produced by Aardman Animation, home of Wallace and Gromit and shown on the BBC. His latest book written with wife, Siân, is Painting Trees was published August 2019. His work is in private collections in the UK and abroad. Take a few moments to view his work (and that of his wife Siân) at: www.moortoseaarts.co.uk

Tutor: Siân Dudley

Siân Dudley is a largely self-taught watercolourist with a fascination for the way the medium has a life of its own, making its own contribution to the finished work. The depth and clarity of colour, textural marks, spontaneous expression and fineness of detail that are possible in watercolour have inspired an experimental approach, allowing her to explore a range of styles, from the 'tight' representation of botanical illustration to much freer, almost abstract paintings. Siân always begins with a close direct observation of her subject, using a combination of sketching and photographs as reference for paintings that are completed in the studio. In botanical subjects Siân's inspiration comes from the effect of light through petals and leaves, and a sense of colour and pattern. In her portraits she aims to capture something of the character of the person, as well as a good likeness. Her other work reflects her interest in paintings with a strong sense of narrative, and an element of participation by the viewer. In 2018 Siân saw her first book on watercolour 'Painting Flowers : a Creative Approach' published by Crowood Press Whatever she is painting, Siân hopes that her paintings provide an uplifting experience to the observer. Siân and Rob's website is: www.moortoseaarts.co.uk

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Please bring along anything you already have. As well as paints, brushes, palettes etc., kitchen roll is essential! We bring a limited amount of basic equipment that may suffice to fill gaps.
  • Please bring along any photographs, sketches or other reference material you would like to work from. We are happy to supply inspiration and reference material if you need some!

Please note that the Centre shop no longer stocks art materials, apart from loose sheets of Bockingford 140lb.

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