Learn how to draw and paint the winter landscape and introduce natural materials into your work. In preparation for the course, walk into the landscape or your back garden with your sketchbook or camera and sketch or photograph the view, collect interesting twigs, branches, seed-heads, flints and stones and bring them back into your workspace.
The course will begin with a presentation, where you will be introduced to the course, specific artists and their methods of working, followed by a demonstration and conversation about how to make and use natural pigments including oak gall ink. There will also be tips about surfaces as well as drawing and painting. The day will progress with a series of drawing exercises using the photographs/digital images and natural objects gathered in advance.
The first day will unfold through a series of drawing exercises which will lead into painting exercises in preparation for the following day, where you will be encouraged to make a body of work based on your landscape. You will be encouraged to use your accustomed materials for this course, ideally not acrylics (but, do use them up if you have them) otherwise, oils, watercolour and gouache paints.
09.00 – 09.15 All students to join via Zoom
09.15 – 10.45 Introductions, health and safety, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.45 Teaching, Q+A followed by independent study, with tutor support
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.45 Teaching, Q+A, independent study with tutor support
15.45 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.00 Plenary and next steps
Please read and familiarise yourself with the the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.
It is also useful to have the following close to hand – a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet).
Before the course begins, walk into the landscape or your back garden with your sketchbook or camera and sketch or photograph the view, collect interesting twigs, branches, seed-heads, flints and stones and bring them back into your workspace.
If you wish to buy pigments online you can buy them from L. Cornelissen & Son. The tutor advises not to buy oakgalls online and especially not oakgall powder.
You will also need to have:
Photographs/digital images/sketches of your chosen landscape or landscapes
Oak galls (if you have any – you may want to watch the demonstration and experiment later)
Pigments including graphite powder can be purchased online at L. Cornelissen & Son (you may want to watch the demonstration and experiment later)
Eggs (if using the pigments)
Honey or gum arabic (if using pigments)
Drawing ink, charcoal (willow of different thicknesses), fixative
Masking tape, putty rubber
Twig and feather for drawing
Watercolour, oil, or gouache paints (whatever you prefer using)
Paint brushes including mop head brushes or large Chinese/watercolour brushes
Palette/plate/pots and rags
Surfaces to draw/paint on including (if you have them), canvases, boards, Khadi paper, watercolour paper, cartridge paper, cardboard (painted white)
Low odour solvent such as Zest-it if using oil paints
Tools and equipment:
Easel (if you have one)
Hairdryer (if you have one)
What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.
What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.
After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support. This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.
Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.
Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.
How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.
How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.
Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.
How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.
What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).
Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.
What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).
You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.
To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here
It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.
Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.
What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.
Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.
Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email email@example.com (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.
I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday, and for courses held on Saturday or Sunday, 8.45-9.15am only).
I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact email@example.com immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. For any other queries about online courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland. The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland. See note below.
Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office email@example.com with your address and contact details, do not book the course online. Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost. We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking. Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.
What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.
When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.
Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date.
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.