Art: Painting the Landscape of Lorna Doone

Ref: C3530299

This course is intended for students with some experience of producing a painting (perhaps in watercolours, pastels or oils). We will explore observation, imagination, atmosphere and personal response to create explorative and evocative paintings on a reasonably large scale up to 60cm x 60cm. A basic knowledge of acrylic painting is necessary as this will be an improvers course and focuses on more advanced practical techniques and conceptual awareness. The course includes creating suitable surfaces, exercises in drawing, using pencil & charcoal, painting, use of rags and palette knives. We will explore the transition from representational naturalism to abstract painting. Weather permitting we will be working outside for some of the session, the landscape is close by. We will also look at the development of formal elements and obscurity in picture making, using imagination, expression and atmosphere.

Course aim

Painting the Landscape of Lorna Doone in the National Park Exmoor. This course will enable learners to develop drawing, painting landscapes in acrylic and build creative thinking.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop skills in preparation of surfaces
  • Develop large scale drawings from life to take into painting
  • Conceptual development with reference to other artists
  • Visualisation practice
  • Critique of peers work

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be group critiques in a friendly supportive atmosphere.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You will need student quality paint like Cryla or Windsor & Newton: Zinc & Titanium White, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian Green, Dioxazine Purple. Large drawing pad. A canvas or board up to 60x60cm, White Gesso, Charcoal sticks.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A booklist for research will be available but is not required reading to start the course, research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful. You might want to bring outdoor footwear and clothes.

What can I do next?

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Art: Painting the Landscape of Lorna Doone

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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