Coastal landscape painting with George Popesco

Painting - Subject Led

Ref: S4D11800

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About this course

Paint studies outdoors, learn how to manage the changing elements of light, shadow and colour. Capture characteristics of the land, coastline and sky, and develop methods of evolving preparatory sketches to complete paintings back in the studio.

Course Description

Enjoy painting the unique Chichester Harbour coastline and South Downs landscape as you develop your skills through direct observation and studio practice. Learn a variety of responses to painting outdoors, experiment with painting media, inclusive of oil, acrylic and polymer (water based) oils and reflect on your work as you develop and complete your paintings.

Your tutor will help you personalise your responses to the subject, improving your skills and transforming your experience of painting ‘en plein air’. There will be planned excursions to capture three distinct views of the harbour and coastline where you will discover working approaches to setting-up painting outdoors.

Characteristics of land, coastline, sky and topographical features will be taught as well as preparatory sketching. Once you have captured studies on the site visits you will learn methods of evolving and experimenting with your work back in the studio, including experimenting with scale and mark-making. By the end of the course you will have completed a range of works, both outdoors and studio based.


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


  • Some MDF boards for paintng on, cleaning medium, rags, white emulsion paint, grey sugar paper and charcoal.

What students need to bring

  • Any items you may have from the available to buy list.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paints – oils or acrylics
  • Brushes, pencils, painting palette
  • Painting surface – canvas or MDF or hardboard (plus primer if required)
  • Personal sketchbook – A4 or equivalent
  • Paint colours: Student quality is recommended/sufficient.
  • The essential seven: Titanium White (large tube), Pale Lemon Yellow or equivalent, Cadmium Red or Scarlet Red, Alizarin Crimson, Cyan or Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green or Emerald equivalent.
  • The optional additive colours (short cuts): Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black.
  • Painting Mediums: Purified linseed oil and /or Liquin
  • Pure turpentine
  • Zest It low odour solvent


George Popesco

Since completing his academic training at the Royal Academy Schools London, George has taught extensively in varied Art & Design education structures alongside developing his own work and exhibiting both in group and solo exhibitions. George lives and works in Dorset, specialising in Oil Colour medium exploiting its tactile wet in wet qualities to form the mediums expressive and sculptural qualities.


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

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