This landscape of hill forts, Bronze Age barrows and rolling Sussex Downs presents challenges and stimuli that are both visual and non-visual: spatial, historical and even metaphysical. Using media of your choice, you will be drawing and painting outdoors and in the studio, working towards a creative compositional interpretation, developing ideas, technical and perceptual skills.
Studies made entirely in situ, and works made in the studio will develop in dialogue with each other. The aim is to develop an interpretation of the subject that manifests the integration of perception with knowledge, imagination and formal resolution.
The South Downs area provides a great opportunity with regard to its forms, geology, archaeology, woodland, etc. There is a rich artistic legacy for the subject and a range of interpretative themes can be developed from this human landscape that is replete with both ancient and modern features. The Trundle, an Iron Age hill fort, will provide the outdoor working location. This site is a short drive from the College, with a good car parking area. It is anticipated the minibus will be available but this is dependent on Covid-19 safety recommendations.
The course will commence with a slide talk on landscape painting and materials. Two days will be spent working in situ, two in the studio. While there are aspects of common interest in all of this, individual aspirations and ideas are fundamental. There will be plenty of individual tuition as well as group critiques/discussions.
If very adverse weather conditions occur, adaptive working in locations in the grounds and buildings of West Dean will provide a substitute for being out on the Downs. Emphasis will still be placed on observation and interpretation.
By the end of the course, you will have learned how to combine the practicalities of open air observational studies with the more imaginative development of subject matter in the studio. You will have been encouraged to develop your perceptual skills, understanding space, scale, light and colour; and engaged in the discussion of meaning found in the landscape relating to your own work.
It is important to be reasonably fit and prepared for outdoor conditions.
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.
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.
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)
Robert Newell is a landscape painter and member of the Royal Cambrian Academy. He studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and he holds a doctorate of the University of Wales. Robert was senior lecturer in fine art at Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He has exhibited at Royal Academy Summer exhibitions and other galleries in the UK and abroad. Robert is a member of the Turner Society and Guild of St George.