West Dean College, Chichester, UK

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 March 2023

Discover and develop practical techniques in representing the landscape using oil paint, develop confidence in objectively processing what you see, and get acquainted with the work of landscape painters past and contemporary. You will look at tone, using charcoal and oil paint to explore tonal relationships. You will look, in detail, at colour mixing, with the goal of closely recreating, with oil paint, the colours that you perceive in the landscape. This veracity to light and colour will enable you to free yourselves with mark-making. You will explore the ways in which the physical application of paint can enhance your work, lending expression and the suggestion of non-visual elements to an oil painting. You will look at the work of other painters in order to inspire and gain insight into different techniques, as well as to understand the breadth of approach to landscape painting. Everyone will have their own way of working, goals and questions. Your tutor will work with everyone’s unique needs and aims to help develop your individual practice. Looking briefly at how artists collect source material, sketching and exploring the landscape through direct observation. By the end of the course, you will be able to make decisions on how to compress the natural spectrum into one which can be described by paint, to convincingly recreate a tonal piece. You will be able to use these decisions to aid you in your observation and processing of colour, mixing colours which more closely resemble those of the natural world. You will be able to call upon a range of marks to lend expression and movement to your subsequent paintings, adding more dimension, feeling and artistic license to a work, elevating it from a snapshot view to a representation of an experience of a landscape.

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation – The Edward James Foundation Ltd
West Dean
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 0QZ