If you can sign your name then you have the dexterity to draw – it’s learning to SEE and interpret the subject that is important.

On this one-day course, Carole will teach you a variety of techniques aimed at helping you to learn to draw, master shading techniques and build up textures. Working from a variety of natural objects, some of our “experiments” will be looking at the effects that can be achieved by using different grades of graphite pencils, creating tonal contrast with charcoal and a kneadable eraser, and ink drawing with a twig and a fibre tipped pen.

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

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • A 2B and a 6B (or 8B) pencil
  • Charcoal sticks or a black pastel pencil
  • A kneadable eraser
  • A bottle of Indian ink
  • A black or brown fibre tipped drawing pen e.g. Pilot or Faber Castell or equivalent, size 03 or 05
  • Masking tape if you are working on loose sheets of paper
  • Optional – if you wish to use colour, please bring some coloured pencils
  • Medium surface cartridge paper in a pad or as loose sheets- i.e. with a “tooth”,100lbs/220gsm, and not too smooth, size A4 or A3
  • (NB We will pick a twig from the hedgerow at Flatford!)

About FSC Flatford Mill

We have four buildings that are used for visitor accommodation. Whilst most rooms are either en-suite or have a dedicated bathroom, there are some rooms in The Mill that share showers and toilets at the end of the hall. If this is un-suitable for you please make the office staff aware upon booking or as soon as possible.

Please be aware that you are visiting a Field Centre that caters in the main for school parties; the accommodation is basic and dormitory style, but warm and comfortable.

Arrival Day

Check-in is between 1400-1800, if you are arriving after 1800 please advise us, so we can ensure you are advised of access codes, room key location, and room location.

You will meet the tutor at Dinner, and you will have your first session after Dinner.

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