The course will enable you to experiment and try out a variety of techniques and approaches with paint and to put these into practice responding intuitively to the landscape. We will work in an exploratory way, with colour, mark making, shape and tone, moving between indoor and outdoor spaces as the weather and our needs dictate. The weekend aims to inspire you to give it a go, loosen up and try new things, whilst being supported through your creative process.
Landscape will be the subject matter. Some of the time will be spent outdoors directly recording our observations and responding expressively to the environment and the changing light and weather.
Time will also be spent in the classroom/studio exploring ideas, techniques and doing simple exercises based on topics such as tone, line, shape and colour. There will be time in the evening to develop work further in the studio.
This course is suitable for beginners and more experiences artists who wish to have a chance to experiment and free up their approach. It will be run in the spirit of experimentation and trying out new things.
Course tutor: Nuala Dunn
Nuala Dunn has lived and worked in Snowdonia for the past 25 years, teaching both outdoor activities and arts. She is an active exhibiting landscape painter and works in a variety of media.She will encourage and support you to try new things and reconnect with your creative self.
You will need to bring clothing for all weathers - good weather cannot be guaranteed and even fine days can be chilly if you are standing or sitting for lengthy periods. Good shoes or boots are advisable since some locations can be rough or muddy.
Warm clothing is essential.
Sun cream and sun hat (hopefully these will be essential!)
Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers (can be borrowed from the Centre)
Outdoor footwear (walking boots and wellies can be borrowed from the Centre)
Day rucksack, warm hat and gloves (can be borrowed from the Centre)
A torch, water bottle, thermos flask and lunch box.
Each artist has his or her own preferred medium and materials - oils, acrylics, watercolour, pastel etc. Please bring with you your usual materials, bearing in mind that we shall be working out-of-doors, so weight may be a factor if we have to carry equipment any distance to reach our subject.
A checklist of basic materials might include:
Pencils, charcoal, crayons or other drawing medium
Paper: cartridge, watercolour paper or pad, sketchbook
Board/canvas or oil painting
Paint - oils, acrylic, watercolour
Brushes - bristle for oils etc, sable or artificial for watercolours, acrylics etc.
Drawing board, easel, folding stool, pots/jars and other sundries, rags, tissues, turps etc.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance
Field Studies Council, Rhyd-y-creuau, Snowdonia
Rhyd Y Creuau, The Drapers Field Centre Llanrwst Road Betws-y-Coed Gwynedd LL24 0HB