It is exhilarating to work outside, on this course you learn how to develop a clear approach and ways of seeing in the landscape, responding to the subject, simplifying with paint using colour and tone, and then how to use your studies in the studio for further work.
We begin looking at oils and materials, surfaces, brushes, paints, working methods, colour palettes and how to organise materials to work outside. We then focus on ideas and how to deconstruct what we are seeing in relation to our idea, to define what our painting is about. Locations will include expansive landscapes with large skies, and more intimate woodlands and rivers.
The tutor will present slides on artists and oil studies to inspire you and illustrate various methods and approaches. He will demonstrate techniques, provide opportunity for discussion and one-to-one support.
By the end of the course you will understand how to use oil paints and materials, and how they relate to ways of seeing. You will know how to work outside, and be able to simplify and organise feelings and visual thoughts in front of the motif.
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)
The tutor recommends top quality artists paint, Winsor and Newton, Old Holland, Blockx, Michael Harding, Vasari. If you prefer to wait he can advise you on the course.
Christopher Baker is an artist and author and had a leading role playing himself in the feature film Archipelago. He exhibits in the UK and Europe as well as Canada, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Pallant House Gallery (Chichester) and Medici Gallery Cork Street, New English Art Club, LondonDescribe your approach to teaching?