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Painting – immersive colour and place with Frances Hatch

Ref: SSS09084

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About this course

Draw and paint with colour mixing as your focus. Every environment suggests its own colour palette, learn how to reflect the subtle hues in selected contrasting environments in and around the college through skilled and economical colour mixing. A good deal of time will be spent working outdoors.

Course Description

Draw and paint with colour mixing as the focus. Every environment suggests its own colour palette - learn how to reflect the subtle hues in various sites by economical colour mixing. On this course we will immerse ourselves in contrasting environments and almost all of these will be out of doors. Some will be within the immediate grounds of the college and others in the surrounding landscape.

The week will also involve working within the sedate and elegant interior of West Dean House. Plein air painting in forest and maritime environments will complete our week of contrasts. Travel to selected sites in the college minibus is a feature of the programme. On these expeditions you will be guided in your selection of paint and equipment.

You will make work on site as well as gather information to take back to the College. Studio time is an important part of the course during which Frances will offer group teaching, exercises about colour theory, and support individual developmental work.

Frances offers a wealth of practical experience of working in the landscape using watercolour, gouache, acrylic and found pigments. She is committed to supporting you in developing your own ideas and individual response to the landscape. Frances offers insights about the delights and challenges of working outside, advises on economy of tools and materials, and fosters a spirit of exploration and risk taking.

The artwork you create will be fresh, lively and exploratory in nature. The experience will open up creative possibilities, informing your development as an artist far beyond the Summer School week. Information gained this week can be translated to painting in any part of the world.

You will be carrying your materials a short distance from the studio or minibus on our expeditions. If you feel uncertain about working outside for any reason, the booking team or Frances will be happy to discuss this.

Weather conditions and the considerations of a working estate environment may require us to adapt our schedule.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • 1x A1 sheet of Bockingford 300gsm plus some materials shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • All weather gear (everything from sun cream to thermal vest)
  • Stool (you may use College stools unless you have particular requirements)
  • Ruck sac or similar to carry equipment
  • Camera to record emerging work and experiences
  • Small plastic spray bottle (to keep paint moist) eg. cosmetic type spray to fill with water
  • Please bring a reproduction of an inspirational artwork to the first session: a piece of work you admire for the way the artist has used colour.
  • Please bring any of the below 'available to buy' if you have them

Available to buy

  • Palette with separate deep depressions to stock 'pools' of paint (not a plate)
  • Sketchbook
  • Masking tape
  • Stanley knife or craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Bring any drawing tools you enjoy using, for example: graphite sticks/ pencils, charcoal, oil pastels, soft pastels
  • Fluorescent/ bright felt tips/ crayons if you have any. If not the tutor will provide!


  • Select one paint medium: watercolour, acrylics or gouache. Whichever you select you will only need a limited range of paints to make up a six-colour palette:
  • Watercolour: I suggest you use watercolour tubes rather than pans.
  • Acrylic: When you buy acrylic look out for the paint consistency information on the tubes (for example 'flow formula' and 'heavy body'). Make sure you buy what suits your way of working.
  • Colours:
  • 2 x yellow:-
  • • (yellow with red bias) for example cadmium yellow/ new gamboge
  • • (yellow with green bias) for example lemon yellow
  • 2 x red:-
  • • (red with yellow bias) for example scarlet lake / vermillion
  • • (red with blue bias) for example permanent rose/ alizarin crimson/
  • 2 x blue:-
  • • (blue with red bias) for example ultramarine blue/ indanthrene blue
  • • (blue with green bias) for example Prussian blue/ phthalo blue
  • and
  • • Titanium white acrylic/ designers gouache white for watercolourists (14ml tube)
  • This section applies to WATERCOLOUR / GOUACHE painters:
  • Simply bring the six colours or similar in tubes + white gouache


  • Half inch flat synthetic brush
  • Round brush with good point approx. size 14 - 16 (sizes vary with brand)
  • An old oil painting bristle brush (if possible with stiff or short bristles) - useful for lifting off paint
  • A 'large' Chinese-type brush (large by your own standards) with a lovely point


  • 300gsm/ 140lb weight or similar so we do not need to stretch (select NOT or ROUGH surface) - if you have any particular wish to bring along papers/boards you have at home - do so

This section applies to ACRYLIC painters:

  • Bring the six colours previously mentioned or similar.
  • (No need to buy a retarding medium or indeed any medium unless you have some already in which case do bring them - we will keep our paints moist with a water spray in our own stay wet palette - see below.)
  • Bring round brushes


Frances Hatch

Frances completed a post- graduate teachers' training course at Goldsmiths' College and an MA in Printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art. Frances works on location with local materials and water based paints.


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

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