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Contemporary Landscape Painting

Course overview

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 Nicole 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 idea 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!)

images above: student artworks

Is this course right for me

Not for complete beginners, some prior painting experience is assumed

Materials list

Art materials are not included in the course fee. Students should bring the following materials:

  • Reference material: Bring a variety of pictures/photos/drawings of landscapes that inspire you – the overall scene as well as details shots if you like plus any sketches/sketch books you may have done on a trip into the land. Optional: bring a found object from the land that caught your eye such as a seedpod.
  • Pencil/charcoal and some paper or a sketchbook.
  • Brushes (variety of sizes with a few bigger ones as well as small/thin ones for details)
  • Your chosen support of paper, canvas or board primed ready for painting. If using watercolour you will need a good quality paper to get the best results. We can talk about what texture will work best with your sensibility. If you are wanting to do loose expressive paper works then a rough arches in either 300gsm or 640gsm would be ideal.
  • Disposable gloves if you are sensitive to the paint.
  • Palette – White china plates work well.
  • Rags, masking tape, jumbo bulldog clips

Students can use oils, acrylics, watercolours, gouache depending on preference. Bring what you have already to the first class and we can tailor a shopping list to your project/paint colour preferences and intentions. A usual recommendation is to have basic primary colours in both warm and cool, a white and a Payne’s grey or black as well as a brown.

If you are unsure, bring what you have to the first class and we can decide what may be worth you investing in to add to your paint box. 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 [opaque] or napthol red medium [transparent]); Cool Red (permanent alizarin crimson); Cool Blue (Cerulean Blue [opaque] or Cerulean Blue Hue or Cobalt blue or manganese blue [transparent]); Warm Blue (Ultramarine Blue or Phthalo blue (red shade)); Cool Yellow (lemon yellow or cadmium yellow or bismuth yellow); Warm Yellow (Cadmium Yellow Deep or yellow azo deep); White (cool toned whites: titanium white, transparent white; warm toned whites: zinc white or mixing white); brown (raw or burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre); Additional optional extras: burnt sienna, sap green, prussian green, yellow ochre, cadmium orange, viridian green or phthalo green (yellow or blue shade), phthalo blue, Indian red, magenta, quinachrodine red/red-orange.

If you are using acrylics
If you are working in acrylics (or using it for underpainting) and you are interested in working with brighter hues or incorporating metallics look at the quinacridones (Eg. Quinacridone red or red orange or magenta) & phthalocyanine greens/blues, the ‘vivids’, ‘irridescents’ & ‘brights’. These colours can be found exclusively in the Liquitex and Winsor & Newton brand range. These colours are also available in oils in the Winsor & Newton range.
You will also need an acrylic paint bring a matt or gloss medium. This is important for glazing. Gloss medium is more effective for glazing as matt medium dulls darks.

If you are using oil paints
Bring whatever acrylics you have as well for underpainting.
Bring odourless solvent for cleanup and mixing mediums. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the studios. You tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.

Further materials and supports will be discussed in class though bring a support on the first class so we can launch straight in to the first work!

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, fees for adult classes exclude art materials.Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • Nicole Kelly was an absolute joy and inspiration. Her knowledge and understanding of landscape form and proponants unrivalled, interventions well timed and helpful. I’ve grown with her! I’d love to see her at ArtEst doing this again.
  • Both Nicole and Carla are excellent teachers and have provided me with excellent guidance, each has in their different ways.
  • Nicole introduced new concepts and broadened my painting horizons.