painting of a white flower by Nick Archer

Still Life Painting Course: Flowers

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July

This course will consist of two sessions on the weekend, each from 10am till 4pm. It will be based in the studio at Blackwall farmhouse and the wild gardens surrounding it, just outside of Rye in the beautiful Wealden countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The class will be a small group of 6 people. A series of flower arrangements will be set up in the studio to work from and the meadow surrounding the studio will be in full bloom for those wanting to work outdoors. The focus will be collecting reference material and then looking at how to translate this reference material onto a large piece of work focusing on creative mark-making.

Accommodation is provided at the nearby Flackley Ash hotel on the nights of the Friday and the Saturday. There is a choice of a standard or superior room and the hotel facilities such as the pool and spa are available for use. Breakfast to the value of £20 will be provided at the hotel and lunch provided at the studio.

£526 including standard room accommodation.
£618 including superior room accommodation.
£275 excluding accommodation but includes lunches.

Please contact Nick Archer by email if you have any questions and please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.

The program for each day will run as follows:

Friday, 5th July

6pm Meet and greet at the Flackley Ash (if accommodation is selected)

Saturday, 6th July

10am Meet at Blackwall Farmhouse studio.
Set up workstations in various settings of the garden or around the still life in the studio to make drawings and take photographs.

11.30am Tea/Coffee break
Continue collecting reference material from the still life’s in the studio or in the garden.

1pm Lunch (included)

1.45pm short presentation about relevant artists and a talk about possible working methods

2.00pm Set up workstation in studio and start work from morning sketches and
photographs on a large ‘final piece’.

3.45pm Tea/Coffee and group discussion of the day’s work

Sunday, 9th July

10am Meet at Blackwall Farmhouse studio.
Continue with Landscape painting with tutoring from Nick.

11.30am Tea/Coffee
Continue working from reference collected or directly from the flowers.

1pm Lunch

1.45pm Continue with final painting

3.45pm Tea/Coffee and group discussion of weekend’s work

Materials and Equipment

We provide you with materials and equipment such as portable easels, drawing boards, pallets, camping stools, small boards for sketches. Some other materials may be available on request.

Materials to bring

  • Drawing materials such as charcoal, pencils, rubbers, watercolours
  • Painting equipment including brushes, jars, oils or acrylic colours (suggested colours – titanium white, ultramarine blue, viridian green, yellow ochre, cadmium lemon yellow, cadmium red, alizarine crimson), a canvas or board for the final studio piece, rags, low odour thinners.

The exact program may change depending on the weather. If the weather is not kind to us the studio and its immediate surroundings is set up for this eventuality. It is advised you bring good walking shoes or wellies in case it is muddy or has rained and appropriate clothing.


Please note, when you arrive, please park in the drive at the house (Blackwall Farmhouse). There should be enough parking for everyone if you park closely.

Please contact Nick Archer by email if you have any questions and please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.