Landscape drawing with Christopher Baker

Ref: S3D10644


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About this course

Experience the landscape at West Dean College through drawing strategies that combine techniques with ways of seeing. Expand your visual vocabulary through line, mark, observation, tonality, ideas and materials, and develop your primary studies in the studio.

Course Description

Drawing is the cardinal discipline through which you, as the artist, may gain possession of your subject, it is the basis of your first endeavours. Landscape artists Claude Lorraine, J M W Turner, John Constable, Pierre Bonnard and Peter Lanyon all used drawing as a way of seeing their first thoughts and developing an artistic language.

You will experience the landscape through a variety of drawing strategies that will combine techniques with ways of seeing. These will be works carried outside in front of different landscape types and will be landscape drawing for its own sake. You will also look at the function of drawing as preparation for painting, relating primary studies to studio pieces.

There are two fundamental objectives in this course: firstly, to enlarge your visual vocabulary through drawing, line, mark, observation, tonality, idea and materials. Secondly, to look at the relationship of primary studies carried out in the landscape to later works in the studio: framing, format, scale, motif, abstraction and fundamental idea.

During the course you will have learnt an extensive range of ways of drawing and connecting with landscapes. You will have learnt how to simplify reality into pictorial elements and revealed your own artistic personality.


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

What students need to bring

  • Weatherproof clothing as you will be working outdoors for the first two days.
  • Any items you may have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • 3 x dedicated sketchbooks, varied formats, eg small/pocket size, medium and A3 size – all good quality cartridge, hard back cover and non-spiral preferred.
  • Masking tape
  • All drawing materials (you will need a variety of drawing implements – suggest large graphite 2B stick, ink pen, Conte, charcoal pencil, fixative)
  • A dedicated book for word ideas i.e. quotes etc. (a journal)
  • Watercolour or acrylic paint – raw umber, brushes


Christopher Baker

Christopher Baker is an artist and author and had a leading role playing himself in the feature film Archipelago. He exhibits in the UK and Europe as well as Canada, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Pallant House Gallery (Chichester) and Medici Gallery Cork Street, New English Art Club, LondonDescribe your approach to teaching?


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

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