Painting - Subject Led

Coastal landscape painting with George Popesco

Ref: SSS09883


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About this course

Paint studies outdoors, learn how to manage the changing elements of light, shadow and colour. Capture characteristics of the land, coastline and sky, and develop methods of evolving preparatory sketches to complete paintings back in the studio.

Course Description

Enjoy painting the Chichester Harbour coastline and South Downs landscape as you develop your skills through direct observation and studio practice. Learn a variety of responses to painting outdoors, experiment with painting media, inclusive of oil, acrylic and polymer (water based) oils and reflect on your work as you develop and complete your paintings.

Your tutor will help you revise and personalise your responses to the subject, improving your skills and transforming your experience of painting plein air. There will be practical demonstrations, group discussions and one-to-one support. You will discover working approaches to setting-up to paint outdoors, and how to manage the changing visual elements of light, shadow and colour. Outdoor painting is subject to the changing light and weather.

Characteristics of land, coastline, sky and topographical features will be taught as well as preparatory sketching. Once you have captured studies on the site visits you will learn methods of evolving and experimenting with your work back in the studio, including experimenting with scale and mark-making.

By the end of the course you will have completed a range of works, both in the landscape and studio, responding to at least two different locations. The tutor has expertise in all paint media, and you are encouraged to learn using your preferred paints.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. Dinner is included for non-resident students throughout the week to enable participation in these events.

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

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

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

• A celebration dinner on the last evening

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios


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

What students need to bring

  • Old painting rags: used textile cottons
  • Old food tin – for holding brush cleaning fluid
  • Alternative painting palettes, old ceramic dinner plates etc.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Paints – oils or acrylics
  • Brushes, pencils, painting palette
  • Painting surface – canvas or MDF or hardboard (plus primer if required)
  • Personal sketchbook – A4 or equivalent
  • Paint colours: Student quality is recommended/sufficient.
  • The essential seven: Titanium White (large tube), Pale Lemon Yellow or equivalent, Cadmium Red or Scarlet Red, Alizarin Crimson or Rose madder, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Green or Emerald equivalent.
  • The optional additive colours (short cuts): Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ivory Black.
  • Painting Mediums: Purified linseed oil, damar (dammar) varnish
  • Painting thinner: Pure Turpentine
  • Brush cleaner: Zest It


George Popesco

Since completing his academic training at the Royal Academy Schools London, George has taught extensively in varied Art & Design education structures alongside developing his own work and exhibiting both in group and solo exhibitions. George lives and works in Dorset, specialising in Oil Colour medium exploiting its tactile wet in wet qualities to form the mediums expressive and sculptural qualities.


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

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