Drawing provides a way to 'see' that transforms your ability to perceive and experience landscape. Throughout this course, you will be guided by your tutor to develop skills in observation that will help you to focus your drawings. You will be guided through the fundamental drawing techniques including selection and composition of your subject, form and meaning, interpretation, space and light, tone and texture. These different aspects of drawing will help you to translate your perception and experience of the landscape into your drawing
You will learn how to measure and plot out a drawing, taking into consideration space, material techniques including mark-making and use of different drawing materials. You will also learn practical tips on how to work outdoors to give you confidence in continuing to draw out on location after the course.
If you wish to include colour in combination with black and white drawing materials, oil pastels are a good option for rapid studies outdoors.
The grounds of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and the adjacent St Andrew’s Church will provide varied and stimulating subject matter.
There will be plenty of individual tuition as well as group critiques/discussions. Unsupervised evening sessions, with studio access, will provide the opportunity for further development, preparation of materials and informal discussion within the group.
First Evening: An introductory discussion and observational preparatory walk around the grounds.
Day One: Selection, composition, observation.
Day Two: Development of material techniques towards resolution of ideas.
Day Three: Consolidation
By the end of the course, you will have transformed how you 'see' the landscape, developed drawing techniques in capturing what you observe and have increased confidence in making drawings outdoors. You will have completed a series of drawings dealing with observational perspective, composition, volume, tone and texture.
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.