Drawing to painting in oils – spaces and surroundings with Tim Patrick

Painting - Oils Drawing

Ref: S3D11741

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About this course

The course will explore the spaces and surroundings of West Dean, drawing from interiors and the outdoors, looking at how painters have been inspired by their environment and sense of place.

Course Description

From the gardens and interiors, people and place – the character of the College and its surroundings is rich in subject and lends itself to artists for inspiration. Working directly from the environment, you will be led through a comprehensive course taking you from observation and transforming your encounters for the painters’ purpose. Working from drawing to painting, you will explore the spaces, landscape and life at the College and make a body of exciting work which reflects time spent in a place.

A change in place, an exploration of a new environment, and the scenes of everyday life have been a staple inspiration for artists throughout the centuries. Observing the spaces around the College and seeking out subjects that reflect its character, you will explore how to translate your observations of place into a drawn and painted reality.

Over the course, you will work in various media, venturing from the studio to sketch and draw from the environment, returning to develop your observations into more substantial, resolved painting. Looking at artists both contemporary and past, a way can be found to see and express something of your experience.

The emphasis of the course will lie in helping you find an approach which you can perpetuate beyond the course, nurturing your idiosyncrasies and interests, celebrating the plurality of approaches to painting.

By the end of the course, you will be equipped with drawing, painting and observational skills which are applicable to your own work beyond the course. With an emphasis on encountering the subject and responding with earnestness and observation, it is hoped that by engaging with the College’s rich living heritage, you will leave with an excitement to engage with your own place and time.


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 until 9pm, 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 tutor will supply some of the materials including: cartridge paper, oil painting paper, some oil paint, ink, charcoal.

What students need to bring

  • Sketchbook A5/A4
  • Oil paints: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Magenta,
  • Ultramarine, Pthalo/Viridian Green, Burnt Umber, Payne’s Grey
  • Several Wooden palettes – the larger the better
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Washing up liquid (for brush washing)
  • Wide Selection of brushes, particularly large brushes
  • Canvas/oil painting paper

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Oil paints, pallettes, brushes, drawing media and a good variety of papers
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick (b.1988) is an artist based in London and the South West. Having initially trained in traditional portrait painting in Florence, Italy, Tim subsequently studied in Brighton and the Royal Drawing School in London. His work was recently exhibited in the 2018 Threadneedle Prize and various exhibitions in London.


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

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