Abstract landscape painting – watercolour and egg tempera with Melanie Rose

Painting - Water Based

Ref: S2D11292

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About this course

Delving into the sense of place through drawing and painting, using digital images, memory and the imagination you will create esoteric landscapes, drawing on the rich history of Romantic Artists.

Course Description

You will be exploring the concept of place in your work by incorporating symbolic marks, colours or gestures adding a deeper personal meaning to your paintings. Using sketchbook work (if you have any), photographs or online images of landscapes that hold a sense of personal significance. You might want to consider bringing in images taken by the light of the moon, early morning/evening or at different times throughout the year. Consider landscapes with a narrative or that have been used in literature, music, painting or that hold a meaning whether it is an ancient myth, legend or monument.

Throughout the day, you will begin to build a body of work that you may continue to develop at home. There will be demonstrations and hand-outs including working out a composition using shape, line and tone in charcoal, layering using watercolour and how to make and use egg tempera. There will be an opportunity to create hybrid landscapes using a combination of independent fieldwork and memory/imagination, drawing on the rich history of landscape painting from the Neo-romantic period as well as contemporary New Romanticism.

For this course you are encouraged to use your own materials avoiding acrylics or mediums which contain plastic.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Pigments, eggs, honey.

What students need to bring

  • Landscape images (sketchbooks, photographs, iPad, laptop)
  • White palette/plate/pots/rags
  • Water jar x 2
  • Any items from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A3 watercolour pad – smooth surface
  • Preferred-size watercolour paper for egg-tempera paintings
  • Egg-tempera can also be used on canvas boards and khadi paper
  • Charcoal (willow) different sizes, putty rubbe, drawing ink, watercolour box.
  • Paint brushes various sizes – including large mop-head, Chinese brushes
  • White palette
Appropriate clothing for time of year


Melanie Rose

Melanie Rose is a visual artist. She graduated from Trent Polytechnic with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art in 1987, then Central Saint Martins with MA in Fine Art in 2002. Melanie is a member of the practice-led research group Land2, has exhibited extensively, and has work in both public and private collections.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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