Mixed and other media

Expressive landscape painting – colour and abstraction with Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Ref: SWE10621


Book now

1 place available

About this course

Learn new approaches to landscape painting using mixed media, vibrant colour, light and form and mark-making.

Course Description

Investigate vibrant colour, light and form through expressive landscape painting. Learn new approaches to landscape through a series of mixed media, mark-making and painting. Explore bold and dynamic painting with colour and abstraction.

On this expressive landscape painting course you will explore how to capture the landscape with rich, vibrant colours and expressive painting processes. Led by an inspirational and enthusiastic tutor you will create bold and brilliant paintings and gain an insight into landscape painting through colour, abstraction and the imagination.

On the first evening there will be an outline of the course and essential information. Plus a techniques demonstration and practical exercise (bring work clothes).

Your tutor teaches innovative approaches to acrylic painting using mixed media that will improve your mark-making and painting repertoire. You will paint and draw from the landscape directly as well as from source material and your imagination so as to explore bold and dynamic colour and imagery. You will look at artists using expression, symbolism and narratives within their landscapes incorporating intuition and an expressive twist that delves into composition and expression. There will be both group discussions and one-to-one support.

By the end of the course you will have gained insights into expressive painting, have greater confidence in working with vibrant colour and abstraction, know how to make expressive landscapes and have a new range of working methods to help progress your painting processes.


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


  • Selection of papers and card shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Rags
  • Cling film to keep paints wet (optional)
  • Any other water-based paint materials and brushes
  • Please bring images of landscapes and references to use as source material.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • White cartridge paper 300gsm, brown parcel paper, card
  • Canvas ready-made various sizes or/and primed boards
  • Acrylic paints a range of colours, black ink (water resistant), coloured inks
  • Acrylic primer, PVA glue or Pritt Stick
  • Brushes: A range of brushes (including large household brushes)
  • Water spray
  • Palette, palette knife


Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, aka The Baron Gilvan, is a painter, performer and animator.
Graduating from Central St Martins he won the Royal Overseas League bursary to paint in India and Nepal. He designed the BBC Proms logos for two seasons, has exhibited extensively and performed at the Jerwood Gallery Hastings. Chris also trained at Kracow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, and University of Brighton. He has taught over 20 years from Foundation to Degree level. Chris is a member of Central Illustration Agency and has illustrated 20 children's books, including 'Becoming Me', Frances Lincoln Publishing.


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

Courses of interest

Sign-up to be the first to know

Sign up to our Short Course enews to hear about new courses, late availability and get creative inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.