Based on the architecture and scenery of Flatford Mill, this course takes you through the process of collecting visual information: researching, drawing and experimenting. As a residential course, it offers a fabulous opportunity for complete creative immersion and you will be encouraged draw everything you see from morning until night. Connected, interesting projects to inspire and develop your sketchbook activities. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced students.

This course takes a fresh, lively, productive approach to drawing and working in your sketchbook, and the work you create will be imaginative, modern, and idiosyncratic. There is a broad theme to each day. We will explore our surroundings sketching people, architectural detail and gathering visual material.

By the end of the course you will be able to identify what is worthy of your attention, choose a theme, and be able to move on with that theme (using the sequence of strategies that we have explored) into daily drawing ideas for the future.

Tutor: Debora Cane

Debora is an enthusiastic art tutor with over 30 years’ experience. All of her courses concentrate on simple concepts and practical techniques and are suitable for everyone; no previous experience is required. Every session has planned content and takes varying approaches to help students build up their own techniques and style. Debora draws and paints daily (mainly in pen and ink) and undertakes illustrations for small commissions. She is a Professional Associate of the SAA.

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

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sketchbook: we will be undertaking short exercises and drawing in the field so it is recommended that you bring a sketchbook that is smaller than A4 so that it is easy to carry around.  It needs to be hard backed, bound, plain, reasonable quality cartridge paper.  Bring the size and shape you feel comfortable with.
  • Digital camera or smartphone to take photographs and view pictures when back at the studio.
  • A POSCA white brush pen to correct mistakes (optional).
  • Your favourite drawing equipment including a couple of 2B pencils and rubber.  Feel free to bring whatever else you usually use to draw with such as coloured pencils, inks, felt pens etc. (note your tutor will also bring plenty of varied and useful stuff for you to try, so coloured pencils and inks are not essential).
  • A set of watercolours (a minimal, easily transportable set is ideal – you won’t need a huge array of colours for this course) and a small selection of nice brushes.  I find the Pentel water filled paintbrushes inexpensive and really useful, but they are not essential for this course so bring what you already have to hand.

Sorry this course has ended