About the Course
This course is designed for those looking to paint the landscape in oils. Landscape artist Clare Rose will inspire you to connect with the raw and immediate experience of drawing and painting in the landscape, enabling informed, ‘felt’ landscape oil paintings in the studio.
Over the three days Clare will guide you through the differing approaches to landscape painting, from traditional methods, contemporary practices and towards abstraction. Part of the course consists of drawing in the environment, in the grounds and gardens of Claydon Estate, using sketchbooks and photography effectively to record findings and explore composition and tone (entry into the gardens is included in your course fee). Back in the studio, these findings are used to create expressive work, exploring ideas and developing an individual language. Drawing and use of oil colour is central to the course, as is learning to work with a variety of surfaces, expressive application of paint, and responsive mark making.
Drawing directly from your sketches and photographs of the Claydon Estate grounds and parkland landscape, you will translate this information into ‘worked up’ paintings back in the studio. Clare will encourage you to develop work across several paintings at the same time to encourage a relaxed momentum, enjoying the process of manipulating oil paints, embracing happy accidents and progressing from a starting point while still referring to composition, tonal and colour guides. Starting with a limited colour palette, beginners will learn how to mix and balance colour and tone, while more experienced students can find an easier harmony and luminescence in their work. Throughout the course, you will explore colour, texture, tone and the essentials of landscape selection and composition to develop your imagination and experimentation.
This course will give you plenty of one-to-one instruction from Clare as well as informal group critiques and discussions helping further your knowledge and enjoyment of landscape painting in oils.
It is suitable for all levels of experience and beginners are most welcome.
Students will feel encouraged to experiment and fully engage with their painting process while worrying less about the end ‘product’. Students will leave with a greater understanding about the use of oil paint. During this course you can expect to complete at least 2 ‘worked up’ or finished paintings and a sketchbook well stocked with drawings, technical notes and inspiration.
What to bring;
Students must bring their own painting materials. A full materials list with recommendations will be sent out closer to the course.
- A selection of flat, and round brushes sizes 5, 6, 8, 10 and half inch to 3 inch (you can get some excellent synthetic brushes quite cheaply now) plus a size 6 rigger or drawing brush is useful. Please bring any additional brushes, palette knives that you wish etc.
- Oil paints in a range of colours. Please ensure that your paints are of a decent student quality.
- When using oil paints a low odour thinner is desirable but not essential.
- Grounds e.g. primed canvasses or boards (approximate sizes A4, A3, A1) in landscape and/or square format if desired.
- A Propelling Pencil 0.9mm or range of pencils B to 6B
- A5 size or larger sketch book
- Protective apron or old clothes
- Wet weather gear and boots
All other tools, materials and studio sundries will be provided.
Some additional canvasses or boards, gesso and paints will be available to purchase or try direct from the tutor.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tea, coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided, although The Phoenix Kitchen, just next door, provides an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.
Please see the section above for a list of materials that you need to bring with you.
Clare is a fantastic, inspirational tutor who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. She goes through the painting process in a straightforward, yet thorough way and always looks to promote creativity and individuality in students work. Clare has influenced my artistic practice in many ways and continues to do so today.
Tom - - #20116
I have learnt so much! Thank you!
Sally - - #19060
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