Painting - Subject Led

Winter landscapes with Melanie Rose

Ref: S3D10223


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About this course

Celebrate the countryside in midwinter through walking, drawing and painting, to capture the forms and colours of the incredible winter landscape.

Course Description

Walking out into the landscape in all weathers, with sketchbook and camera (phone) is an essential starting point for this course. You will be shown how to record with ink and charcoal, as well as encouraged to make a photographic record of the landscape at different times of the day at what is an incredible time of year. Trees are silhouetted against the sky, hedgerows are brutally cut back, and ploughed fields add to the shape, colour and pattern of winter.

There will be short drawing/mark-making exercises to aid inspiration, as well as opportunities for experimentation and exploration including encouragement to rely on memory and imagination. One-to-one tutorial advice about concept and practice as well as informal critiques.

Back in the warm studio after the reconnaissance outings, you will be shown how to select and deconstruct your drawings with a mindful eye on shape, line, colour and tone which will enable strong compositions for painting.

You will be encouraged to use your accustomed materials for this course, ideally not acrylics, but oils, watercolour and gouache paints. Also, you will be taught how to make and use egg tempera, including the benefits of working with pigments in a studio setting.

Finally, winter is an ideal time to spot oak galls offering the perfect opportunity to learn how to make and use oak gall ink.

Advisedly you will bring prepared surfaces for drawing and painting or purchase them from the well-stocked shop.


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


  • On this course the College will supply some of the materials including:
  • Gum Arabic, eggs, honey, oak galls, iron sulphate, pigments (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Crimson Red, Yellow Cadmium Middle, Yelow Napes, Black Ivory, White)

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook
  • Oak galls (if you can find any when out walking - do not buy online)
  • Twig and feather for drawing
  • Rucksack to transport art materials
  • Water flask
  • Travel mug
  • Prepared surfaces including, canvases, boards, Khadi paper
  • Preferred paints including oil, watercolour and gouche
  • Low odour solvents such as Zest-it if using oil paints
  • Palette/plates/pots and rags
  • Digital camera or tablet or smart phone
  • Warm/waterproof outdoor clothes and footwear
  • Bring anything you have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Charcoal (willow of different thicknesses), fixative, putty rubber, drawing ink, masking tape, watercolour travel set, paint brushes, paint medium, Zest-it (low odour solvent), palettes, canvases, boards, Khadi paper. Selection of oil, watercolour and gouache paints – to add to your selected preferred paint


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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