If you have a set of water soluble pencils and don’t know how to use them, then this course is for you! The joy of using water soluble pencils is that they covers both drawing and watercolour painting and are an extremely versatile medium. Through simple step-by-step demonstrations Carole will show you a wide variety of techniques for painting still life, buildings and landscapes as well as refreshing some essential drawing skills and concepts. It is suitable for all abilities. There will be a demonstration after supper on Saturday.

Tutor: Carole Massey

Carole Massey is a popular and supportive tutor who has been teaching at Flatford Mill for nearly 20 years. She managed her own successful design partnership before returning to her first love of painting, which currently involves a combination of tutoring, demonstrations, private commissions, exhibitions, TV appearances and filming for a leading online website www.arttutor.com/artist/carolemassey. A recent portrait commission for the Bank of England of Sir Charles Bean, deputy governor now hangs in the bank in perpetuity. She is a regular contributor to art magazines and has written many teaching Artbooks, published by the award winning publisher Search Press, with international sales exceeding 250,000. Her latest books are “Drawing for the Absolute Beginner” and “The Beginners’ Guide to Drawing Portraits” which will be on sale on the course. Carole has exhibited and demonstrated at the Mall Galleries, London, and her work is in a number of private collections in the UK and abroad. She now lives in Suffolk. She can be contacted via email - [email protected].

What's Included

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

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Please note that the centre shop does not stock art materials.

  • WATER SOLUBLE PENCILS Bring a good colour range (minimum 18) of Artist quality water soluble coloured pencils or Inktense pencils
  • A 2B graphite pencil
  • Water soluble Graphite pencils (distinguishable from conventional graphite pencils by a brush or water drop symbol on the shaft) – Derwent (medium and/or dark wash)
  • Optional – Graphitint, Aquatone, Aquatint, Inktense blocks
  • A4 or A3 good quality, medium surface cartridge pad, (ie with a slight “tooth”) 150 or 220gsm for sketching and colour mixing exercises.
  • Watercolour paper e.g. Bockingford ‘Not’ (semi rough) watercolour paper, 300gsm (140lb) Langton, Cotman, Canson etc, approx 14” x 10” in a pad or in loose sheets or HOT PRESS watercolour paper.

NB The Centre shop does stock loose sheets of Bockingford 140lb paper.


  • plastic rubber
  • craft knife or pencil sharpener
  • masking tape
  • masking fluid and suitable applicator (eg, cocktail sticks, dip pen or colour shaper)
  • kitchen roll
  • photographic reference of your choice
  • BRUSHES - Nos. 5, 8 and 12 round – synthetic or synthetic/sable blend brushes are quite suitable for using with water soluble pencils.

If you wish to stretch paper, please bring some brown gummed strip and a household sponge.  The Centre will provide drawing boards.  We also have small sketching stools and easels for hire at a modest charge if required.




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