Landscape drawing with Robert A Newell

Ref: SLW10827


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About this course

Enhance your perception of the landscape through observational drawing. Learn composition, form and meaning, interpretation, space and light, tone and texture.

Course Description

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.

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, 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 gummed paper tape (48mm) and some A3 250gsm Bristol board sheets to share amongst the group

What students need to bring

  • Sunglasses and visor or broad-brimmed hat
  • Water bottle
  • Lightweight portable easel (optional – also available to use from the College)
  • Camping stool (optional – portable chairs available from the College)
  • Clothing suitable for both hot and cold weather
  • Footwear for outdoors
  • Hairspray (as an alternative to fixative)
  • Oil pastels - The tutor recommends Sennelier and Caran D’Ache Neopastels. *See note in additional information
  • Any items you may have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Graphite pencils – a range of about four, from 2H to 6B
  • Charcoal (willow sticks), compressed charcoal and fixative
  • Eraser, masking tape, gummed paper tape (50mm)
  • Stanley knife, ruler
  • A2 and A3 pads of cartridge paper or Bristol Board
  • Black and white watercolour or gouache, pens
  • Palette with wells for watercolour, natural sponge for watercolour
  • Round brushes, sable or synthetic fibres for watercolour in a range of sizes (Chinese brushes can be good).
  • The list comprises materials that you will be using to learn techniques and ways of seeing.
  • Option for colour -
  • Oil pastels (A limited range available in the shop)
  • Zest-It, (for use with oil pastels) non-toxic, low-odour bio-synthetic alternative to turpentine/white spirit.
  • Hog bristle brushes, about three or four, small to middling sizes, for use with oil pastels.
*Oil pastels - Quality varies considerably. The tutor recommends Sennelier and Caran D’Ache Neopastels. When starting out, one of the standard sets of 24 or so pastels can be useful as a basis (these will include the primary and secondary hues), but you always need to accumulate certain hues and available tints and variations that you find particularly useful. Among these, for landscape, I recommend as many greys as possible, variations in tone and warm to cool (the basic sets will never provide enough of these) plus earth colours, including subtle de-saturated versions. Warm and cool whites are important as well.


Robert A Newell

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.


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

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