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.
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.
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.
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)
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.