Painting - Subject Led

Landscape painting all media with Andrew Fitchett

Ref: SWE08848

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About this course

Study the fundamentals of landscape painting through composition, tonal values and colour. Focus on how to capture the essence of a landscape working in your preferred medium.

Course Description

Learn the essential elements for achieving a representational likeness of your chosen landscape in your painting. These include draughtsmanship and understanding of composition, tonal values, and use of colour. As well as these important aspects you will be encouraged to develop your own personal style. We will be working outside on location in the grounds of West Dean. In the event of inclement weather we will make drawing studies on location and use these to create paintings in the studio.

In the first evening session Andrew will show and talk about his work, introduce the course and illustrate his introduction with work from various sources.

Each student will select their preferred painting medium such as oils, pastels, acrylics, coloured pencils etc. Andrew will demonstrate and explain techniques and methods to help you plan and build up a lively landscape painting. You will also learn how to use light, shadow and colour to enhance composition and drama in your work. As your painting develops, advice will be given on an individual basis through discussion and demonstration

By the end of the course you will have increased confidence in painting with your preferred medium, and gained knowledge on composition, light, shadow and colour. You will have completed one or two small landscape studies and completed one small landscape painting

It is advised that you have at least a basic understanding of the medium or mediums you choose to use.


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

  • If you work on stretched paper (water based media), the tutor recommends that you prepare three sheets before the course and bring them with you. Alternatively you can buy a range of suitable papers from the shop that don't require stretching.
  • Please ensure that you bring/purchase the appropriate materials for your chosen medium.

Available to buy

  • Pencils - an HB, a 2B and a 4B
  • Drawing pad/sketchbook
  • Working with oils:
  • x3 stretched canvases or boards, minimum size A3
  • Paints - see colours listed below
  • Hogs hair brushes, Pots for thinners with lids, Rags
  • Odourless thinners and cleaners eg Zest It or Sans Odour (White Spirit or cheap brush cleaner is not permitted)
  • Working with watercolours or acylics:
  • x3 suitable papers, minimum size A3 (see above regarding preparation)
  • Paints - see list below for colours, Brushes, Water pot
  • Working with colour dry media such as pastels, pencils:
  • x3 suitable papers/surfaces, minimum size A3
  • Colours - see list below, Rags
  • Colours:
  • Paynes Grey, Titanium white, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna


Andrew Fitchett

Andrew Fitchett is a practicing painter working in oils and West Dean tutor since 2006. Since his career in Advertising where he ran creative courses Andrew paints and teaches from his studio in East Sussex. Andrew's work is in private collections across Europe.


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

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