Course overview

This day course is for nature lovers who would like to express their love of the land through painting and drawing. All welcome but some experience in painting would be useful. In a friendly and supportive group, the tutor will take us through gathering visual references, sketching, colour work and creating a landscape piece of work in your chosen media. Over the day we will spend time out in the landscape, where possible, taking photos and sketch book work. We will 'problem solve' helping us to tackle the challenges that arise in our landscape work by asking the right questions, developing the creative process and compositional skills.

Course description

How do we get started? Being out in the landscape is inspirational but can be overwhelming when finding a starting point for our painting. Over the day, we will explore connecting with the land, observational exercises and drawing. Expressing elements through sketching.

We will develop a process for colour mixing to create a palette for capturing light, expressing emotions and creating depth.

The latter half of the day we will work to create a painting. What makes a good composition? We will use the visual resources gathered over the morning and with tutorial support develop this to create a landscape painting.

The day will be about enjoying being creative. There will be lots of experimenting and no pressure to have a finished piece of work at the end of the day. The idea is to explore and develop our creative process and have a way of approaching landscape work with more confidence. The course is about learning whilst enjoying both the landscape and painting, whilst developing our skills.

The emphasis is on approaches and developing our own styles and ways of working. This course is not about techniques and knowledge of the basic colour wheel would help. It would be an advantage to have some prior painting experience, but not essential, and any media you like to work in, or would like to use over the day.

We will share our work with the group at the end of the day. There will be opportunity for 1 to 1 tutorial time with your tutor.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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