Re-imagining the landscape – contemporary painting with Melanie Rose

Painting - Subject Led

Ref: SLW11221

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About this course

Re-imagining the landscape through contemporary painting; is a painterly investigation into how contemporary artists, through their interpretation of landscape, are disrupting the canon.

Course Description

Re-imagining the landscape through contemporary painting delves into the historical canon of landscape painting. Author Susan Owens, in her book, The Spirit of Place (2020) states that the earliest English landscape painting dates from c.1620. Before that date, the concept of landscape did not exist, in part because landscape was/is an integral part of who we are.

This painting course will explore how artists today are disrupting the theory of the picturesque landscape in line with theories concerned with rewilding in response to the climate crisis. Artists have always played a role in the way the world is perceived to the point they can action change.

The course will begin with a presentation on the first evening, contextualising how the picturesque has informed the way we view landscape and will include both historical and contemporary painters. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your own painting practice. You will also be given a set of drawing provocations to inspire plein air, reconnaissance drawings the following morning.

Having been out in the landscape during the first morning; drawing, walking, and gathering visual stimulus, you will then spend time in the studio working out compositions using your preferred paint medium on your preferred surfaces before completing your final paintings.

You will be supported throughout by tutor demonstrations and handouts as well as practical exercises, one-to-one tutorial advice, as well as informal critiques.


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

What students need to bring

  • Your preferred drawing and painting materials including;
  • Surfaces to paint onto
  • Sketchbooks
  • Charcoal, putty rubber, ink, masking tape
  • Palettes/water pots/rags
  • Preferred paint mediums, including:
  • Watercolours plus travel set and/or
  • Oil colours including low odour solvent (such as Zest it)
  • Brushes appropriate to paint and medium
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing for drawing outside
  • Camera/ipad or phone

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Drawing surfaces and paper, a good selections of paints, palettes, sketchbooks, drawing materials, masking tape, fixative, paintbrushes and mediums.


Melanie Rose

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.


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

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