Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel this course, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Colour and texture are everywhere in the varied planting of Natalie Finch’s garden in East Bergholt and the borders at Flatford Mill. There is a relaxed but focused atmosphere on this course – you can wander with a sketchbook or settle down to paint, perhaps looking along a path or through an archway. Demonstrations will be given in pencil and pen drawing, watercolour, gouache and combinations of these techniques, with individual help always available. A little experience of working outside is useful. Fees are inclusive of entry and refreshments in the garden.

Tutor: Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews is a freelance painter and designer, who is also responsible for the borders in front of the Mill and Willy Lotts House. Training in art began at the Oxford School of Art followed by three years at the Royal College.

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


  • In the evening there will be an introductory chat giving you a chance to talk through your individual objectives for the weekend. Following this Jennifer will look through materials course participants have brought with them.


  • Tuesday will start with a tour of the garden by Natalie before demonstrations and time in the gardens to create your own artwork.
  • Evening sessions are for comparing work and discussion of any problems arising.

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

The materials covered by this list will be discussed on Friday evening. The following items are suggestions only, depending on the way or ways in which you wish to work. If you already have sufficient equipment and materials for your needs, please bring these without further shopping.

  • Paper:  Thick cartridge paper (suggest Gold Line GSS1A3 or Canson C A Grain); Bockingford watercolour paper, white and/or tinted; Hot pressed paper, Not surface and/or any other paper of your choice.  Sketchbook, A4 or smaller. Various papers will be on sale from the tutor.
  • Drawing board, clips or tape. Boards are also provided at the Centre.
  • Pencils: various, B-8B; Derwent Sketching Pencil: dark wash.
  • Pens: Brown or black fibre tip pens and/or any other sketch pens you like to use.
  • Paints - for selection
    Watercolours: Winsor and Newton: French Ultramarine, Raw Umber, Light Red, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Transparent Yellow, Scarlet Lake, Aureolin Yellow, Indigo, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red
    Gouache: Winsor and Newton: Zinc White, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Permanent White, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Umber, Permanent Yellow, Deep Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow, Indigo, Light Oxide Red, Naples Yellow, Flame Red, Cadmium Red, Permanent Rose. If you have never tried gouache the tutor will share a selection of colours with you.
    Winsor and Newton colours are listed here, as they are those most widely available. Other reliable brands are Talens, Rowney, Schmincke.  The tutor uses a variety of makes, particularly Talens gouache. Colours will be discussed during the course introduction.
  • Brushes: Between sizes 4 - 16; flat brushes 1/4" - 3/4".
  • Sketching stool or chair - stools are also on hire at the Centre; and if you have one, a small (folding?) table saves reaching to ground level for paints.
  • Sketchbook
  • Knife or sharpener
  • Soft rubber
  • Cotton rags or J cloth
  • Palette for gouache
  • Water pot
  • Sun hat!

Please note that the Centre does not stock art materials apart from the white Bockingford paper listed above.