This course is designed for those with some experience of painting in watercolour who may be somewhat frustrated with their attempts to achieve fresh and lively results. Demonstrations will include a review of the essential elements of working with pure watercolour and an introduction to line and wash techniques. Particular attention will be given to the importance of composition, simplification of a subject and creating correct tonal values.

Tutor: John Tookey

John Tookey is an experienced artist and art teacher, having exhibited with the Royal Institute of Watercolourists, the Royal Oil Institute and the Pastel Society, of which he is a member. He demonstrates widely to art societies, particularly in watercolour. He has led many courses for us at FSC Flatford Mill in recent years.

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.

Example Timetable


The weekend course will begin with a demonstration in pure watercolour on Friday evening.


We will be painting around Flatford Mill or in the studio as the weather allows. We will begin with an on-site demonstration and a tour of the grounds to look for painting subjects. There will be a further demo/exercise mid-afternoon in the studio. This will be followed by a line and wash demonstration on Saturday evening.


We will be painting around Flatford using the ‘line and wash’ technique. Around 3pm we will meet back at the studio to look at some of the work produced and a general discussion about how to proceed, techniques, materials etc.

What's Included

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Bring what you have and what you are used to working with, which includes colours, brushes, paper or boards and appropriate accessories. If, however, you are thinking of re-stocking your watercolour materials, you may like to consider the following:

  • Paper: Bockingford 140lb (300 gsm), NOT (Loose sheets of this paper is stocked at the Centre.)
    Saunders Waterford 140lb (300 gsm) NOT
    You can buy both these papers in individual sheets, or as pads and blocks
  • Colours: If you are buying from scratch we would recommend tube or pan colours of Artists’ quality watercolour. A suggested range includes:
    Light Red Winsor Red Burnt Sienna Raw Sienna
    Burnt Umber Winsor Yellow Ultramarine Winsor or Prussian Blue
    Payne’s Grey Cobalt Blue Cerulean Blue* Brown Madder*
    *These colours are not essential.
  • Palette: A palette with plenty of compartments for paint and several good-sized mixing wells is essential for successful watercolour. An inexpensive moulded plastic palette, which has approximately 18 small wells for paint and 3 or 4 larger wells for mixing, is available from most art shops.
  • Brushes: The brush is probably the most important part of your equipment. A large brush is essential for good watercolour! We would suggest particularly a Pro Arte Number 18 or 16, Prolene Series 101. You will also need a Number 10 or Number 8 brush for more detailed work, and a Number 3.
  • Other Materials: If you wish to try the ‘line and wash’ technique you will need the following: waterproof Indian ink (Rotring), black or sepia; a steel-nib pen (even a cocktail stick or tooth pick jammed into a pen holder makes an excellent drawing implement!); or a selection of waterproof felt-tipped pens, eg Edding 1800 Profipen, sizes 0.7 or 0.5, or Pilot drawing pen, size 0.8.

Please note that the Centre does not stock art materials, apart from the Bockingford paper referred to above.

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