A new approach to landscape using waterproof drawing pens and artist-quality coloured pencils in an integrated way. Taking the waterside with its reeds, early leaves and flowers as inspiration, we’ll create a fresh, spring landscape. As well as learning ink and coloured pencil techniques we look at selection and composition, light and shade, proximity and distance, strength and delicacy, getting the balance right – and knowing when to stop!

Techniques are simple to learn and include mark-making in ink, blending and mixing coloured pencils, embossing, lifting out and special effects. With demonstrations, one-to-one support and encouragement to develop your own style, your work  may surprise you with its individuality! This is slow art but relaxing, rewarding and a bit different.

Please note: There is no accommodation available on Sunday and Monday. Please ring the centre to discuss alternative accommodation options.

Tutor: Helen Hanson

Helen Hanson is a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists, winner of the President's Award and a former Council Member of the Society of Women Artists. She was for many years a successful printmaker, exhibiting her landscape etchings in galleries and exhibitions throughout Britain. Always inspired by the natural world, she now concentrates on ink and coloured pencil landscape and botanical coloured pencil works and enjoys tutoring adults locally and at residential venues in the 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

  • Artist quality coloured pencils (preferably non-watercolour, although these can be used dry) - Faber Castell Polychromos, Derwent Artist or Procolour, Caran D’Ache Pablo or similar
  • A4 paper of your choice - Bristol board such as Strathmore Series 300 smooth or a fine hot-pressed watercolour paper. (Also available for purchase from tutor by the sheet)
  • An HB pencil
  • A good pencil sharpener with a very sharp blade (M & R round brass sharpener is highly recommended)
  • Erasers - putty and plastic
  • Waterproof Indian ink pens  Faber Castell Pitt artist pens (SX, S, F, M) or Staedtler pigment liner pens (0.5, 0.3, 0.1 and ultra fine 0.05)
  • A sketch pad or cartridge paper for preliminary drawings
  • Small sheet of tracing paper
  • Masking tape/Ruler/Small spoon/Scalpel
  • Feel free to bring your own spring waterside photos, images or sketches or work from the environment. If you need inspiration the tutor will bring some seasonal images

NB It is always preferable to work on landscape that you have walked yourself and observed in real life so that you have also absorbed the mood.

Recommended Reading

  • A selection of books will be available for reference on artists, coloured pencil techniques and spring wildflowers