Landscape drawing with Robert A Newell

Ref: SWE08832


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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, perspective, tone and texture.

Course Description

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.

There will be plenty of individual tuition as well as group critiques/discussions. An unsupervised evening session, with studio access, will provide 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.

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

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 (alternative fixative)

Available to buy

  • Graphite pencils - a range of about four, from 2H to 6B
  • Charcoal (Willow sticks, uncompressed and compressed)
  • Fixative
  • Eraser
  • Bulldog Clips (need to be prepared for any windy weather!)
  • Masking Tape
  • Gummed paper tape (50mm)
  • Stanley knife
  • Ruler
  • A2 & 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, a range of sizes (Chinese brushes can be very good).
  • The list comprises materials that you will be using to learn techniques and ways of seeing.


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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