Watermill painting tutor Sue Ford


Sue Ford

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Painting by watermill tutor Sue Ford

Cinque Terre


This collage is of the village of Manarola in the Cinque Terre one of our excursion venues. Making bright and colourful collages is an exciting way of producing art. During my course we will choose a subject from the wonderful surroundings and, using shapes torn from magazines, together with painting in acrylic and watercolour, plus pen and ink drawing, together will create vibrant artefacts.

Painting by Sue Ford a tutor at the watermill in Italy

Boy on Rock


This picture is a pastel painting on sandpaper, similar to 'wet and dry' emery paper. The gritty tooth of this paper makes it an ideal support for pastel paintings as it grips the pastel. However it's hard going on your fingers especially if you like to rub pastel in!

The picture came from a photograph I took whilst walking in Richmond, North Yorkshire, A group of boys were jumping off a bridge into the water and this boy was having a rest on the rock. I loved the shape of the boy and the shimmering water behind.

I like to work on dark papers, using the dark as a tonal value to work against. I used a pastel pencil to draw the figure and rock shapes.

Painting tutor at the watermill in Italy Sue Ford

The Watermill from the riverside gardens

Ink sketch on watercolour paper

This is a sketch from the garden next to the river Rosaro, which flows beside the Watermill. I love working in different types of pens on watercolour paper, not only in the mill gardens and grounds, but also at the stunning locations we visited during our painting week. The sketches can be finished off later in the Watermill studio

Painting tutor Sue Ford at the watermill in Italy

Watermill archway demonstration


A simple watercolour demonstration made in the Watermill courtyard, showing the archway leading to the walled garden, surrounded by flowers. Just one of the many delightful subjects to paint in and around the Watermill and on location in the unspoiled countryside that surrounds it. An artist’s paradise

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Course Completed


Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

Sue Ford is often inspired by the wide range of subjects on her doorstep in North Yorkshire and she has exhibited widely, both locally and nationally. She also writes for Leisure Painter and Paint! magazines.

Her classes, workshops and painting holidays, both in the UK and abroad, are very popular, not least because she is skilled in a large number of media and can give practical advice about materials and techniques, as well as more general tuition in composition, colour and so on.

As a teacher she wants to inspire and encourage her students to achieve their artistic goals and realise their creative ideas. She says: "The aim is to stretch all students regardless of ability, and with patient, professional tuition, to form a foundation of artistic techniques as well as developing their own style in a relaxed learning environment."

Each day, Sue guides every student gently through each of the painting stages; often with an initial demonstration to get everyone started and to build confidence. Her painting demonstrations are followed by patient, professional tuition throughout the holiday. so that all paintings created by each student will inspire them to move forward with confidence in their own artistic direction.

You can find out more about Sue on her website, www.sueford.co.uk

Praise for Sue's courses at the Watermill

“Sue has a relaxed, friendly and very patient approach to tuition and encouraged us all to achieve as much as possible at our own level. She gave demo's and one to one tuition when required. There was a wide choice of subject matter for sketching and painting both at the Watermill itself and on our excursions.

“As the write-up on the Watermill website states, everything is included and it far exceeded my expectations. Everyone at the Watermill worked very hard to ensure our holiday was a success. It was a great experience in a very peaceful and beautiful environment. All in all, a most enjoyable week and hopefully a holiday to be repeated soon.” CS

“Sue has a relaxed methodical style of teaching both to the group and to individuals which meant that students had every opportunity to complete their work. We used watercolour, acrylics and collage techniques.

“There was ample time for relaxation to enjoy the excellent facilities at The Watermill which offered modern comfortable rooms and superb meals produced in their own kitchen. A very satisfactory week.” PS