Notes from last terms Landscape Painting Classes

I am just about to start teaching a new term of art Classes from my studio. Here are the notes from last term’s class……

Week 1

We played around with acrylic- painted swatches onto coloured card and used different tools to scrape into base colour.

We started a primed piece of board and started with brush strokes to get a feel for the paint and that lead into blending briefly.

I notice that the students were quite different in their approach. Abbey had never really painted much before so was more tentative but Mel has a thing about turquoise and waves so was wanting to replicate what she has already done.

Week 2

We spent more time practising blending techniques on several boards so that they got a feel for being spontaneous, not over working it, so that it became like mud, and knowing when to stop. This is something that proved to be quite difficult at times.

I introduced the idea of composition which has some rules that are important. Things that make a good painting - balance, focal point, rule of thirds etc.

We looked at other artists work and each selected a painting to copy, to work out how it was done.

Week 3

I showed the students how to add texture to a board using a simple polyfilla and then priming over it before painting.

Whilst these were drying we were sketching out simple ideas for a landscape painting incuding what we have learnt so far.

Corrections and adjustments were made and they began by adding base layers of paint to the sky first.

It was noted that the sky is always the first area to be completed, more or less, Some base colour can be added to the area below this and can be drying ready for next time.

Continued to work on copied paintings, putting knowledge into practice.

Week 4

More experimentation with blending, design, building up layers and aiming towards a finished picture!

A lot of discussion about looking at the landscapes around you. How the seasons changing affect the palette, how to get what you see in nature onto a painting.

Week 5

Starting to look at detail and how to introduce that. What sort of detail would they use as a focal point.

Continuing to hone the technique and starting to add some perspective and texture to the base coats.

Week 6

Working toward a final piece to take home. Students have chosen the piece they want to work on. Discussions, practice and demonstrations as we go.

The class ends on a high, with something finished and they both decide they want to carry on next term.

All the way through, I suggested small adjustments to the way they painted, held the brush, wrist action, pressure and movement. This seemed to be very beneficial as they took on board what I was saying and then saw their work improve because of it.

I tended to demo quite a bit as we were talking so they could see how I was achieving what I was talking about.

The students are now driving about noticing the landscape, colours, light and seeing things through new eyes!

Please comment below or message me if you’d like to do something like this, even over a weekend.