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Contemporary Landscape Painting

Explore your love of nature experiment in your response to the landscape through a new understanding of colour and paint materiality. Paint with your preferred medium of: watercolours, acrylics, inks or oil (and learn how to combine some) and your tutor will work with you to explore tone, form, colour and composition. We can also explore various supports, such as paper, canvas/linen and board. The focus is for you to paint at your own pace and explore your own interest/project. The idea is to unleash your playfulness with paint and discover new ways of working, whilst at the same time having a firm grasp of material knowledge so as to make good working decisions (plus imagine up new ways of expressing your vision!)

Is this course right for me?

This is for students who know their way around the palette but want to learn more. Beginners should join a beginner studio class before joining this course.

Materials list

• A sketch book and soft graphite pencils (4B-6B) or willow charcoal
• Eraser (hard)
• 2-4 canvas board/ board/ stretched canvas / unstretched canvas wrapped around a piece of foam core/ canvas paper
• If using watercolour you will need a good quality paper , 300gsm or 640gsm would be ideal.
• Acrylic paint to put down a coloured ground
• Watercolour/acrylic or oil paint (see notes below)
• Synthetic bristle brushes in at least three sizes (suitable for working on a small canvas)
• Palette
• Palette knife and a rag
• Small containers


Students can use oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache depending on preference. A usual recommendation is to have basic primary colours in both warm and cool, a white, raw umber and yellow ochre.
The following list of warm/cool colour range names (the names will vary depending on the paint brand). These are just a guide and you may have your own preference to what you like working in…but having some of the below colours to make a start will be helpful:
Warm red (cadmium red )
Cool Red (permanent alizarin crimson);
Cool Blue (Ultramarine Blue or Phthalo blue)
Warm Blue (Cerulean Blue / Cerulean Blue Hue or Cobalt blue )
Cool Yellow (lemon yellow);
Warm Yellow (Cadmium Yellow )
White (titanium white, zinc white);
Brown (raw umber, yellow ochre);
Additional optional extras: burnt sienna/ burnt umber, prussian blue, phthalo blue, dioxazine purple
If you are using acrylics
You will also need an acrylic paint matt or gloss medium.

If you are using oil paints

Oil painters only
• Odourless solvent (I recommend Gamsol)
• Medium no 1 or 2
• Lidded jar for solvent
• Disposable gloves

Our term classes are held in our spacious studios.

Our main studios are air-conditioned for year round comfort, and extra measures are in place for your health and well being.

Please read about our Covid-19 safe measures here.

Fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.