Our first stop was at the Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum at Castle House, Dedham, where the museum’s administrator, Marcia Whiting, introduced us to the work of Sir Alfred Munnings, OF. Her talk covered many aspects of his early career and we were also shown some of the sketches made whilst at school.
A tour of the studio as well as an opportunity to see some landscape studies of spring blossom that have never been shown to the public before, together with charcoal and pencil studies and paintings of the river bank, gave the students some good subjects to draw. In the afternoon we moved across the river to Flatford where the mill and its surroundings, made famous by John Constable, provided further opportunities for drawing and sketching.
Rowing upstream on a sunny afternoon seemed like an ideal way to finish the day.