This exciting four-day course guides participants on how to paint in a direct response to the landscape you are in. Looking and observing the landscape not from a representational view but absorbing it through a physical and expressive process of drawing and painting; being part of the landscape in a more dynamic sense leading towards abstraction. Painting becoming a performance, like a dance or ritual.

It is a course aimed at those who wish to push their painting boundaries into a more experimental area, where losing a painting, going into the unknown, is as much a part of the process as ‘finding the painting’ by the end of a painting session.

There has been a long tradition of abstracting the landscape and Judy, like all good artists, keeps looking and searching and acknowledges that her personal painting journey has been influenced by a wealth of painting greats from Turner and Constable, Ivon Hitchens, Bomberg and Auerbach, the French Impressionists Monet and Cezanne to the likes of American abstract landscape painters Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell to Australian landscape painters; constantly stimulating and informing her view of contemporary landscape painting. A number of these artists, among others, will be discussed during the course. 

Landscape painting can involve movement and change. The moods of the sea.  How clouds and weather, or tidal changes can shift a space and create drama. Altering your view point of the landscape, where and how to translate what you are seeing whether it is looking down into a pool, losing the horizon or how light changes throughout the day and the seasons. The landscape can be abstracted in the reflected surface of water, in vegetation, the fall of leaves, through the spaces between trees, across moorland tracks.

In this course Judy will help participants to develop the surface of their paintings, to consider the ‘whole painting’, and the importance of the edge of the painting. Creating unity and ‘over-all’ balance through the process of mark-marking, layering, colour and tone, translucency and opaqueness, the plasticity/organic and tactile nature of the paint itself.

The course will balance gathering information through working outside with pushing through to more resolved works on canvas in the studio. 

A reasonable level of fitness is required for this course, as you may be required to walk 1 mile on uneven coastal paths to get to the best painting locations, from the minibus drop-off points.

Judy Buxton


Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW.

Where to meet:

Please arrive at the Newlyn School of Art at 9.50 for a 10am start. This course ends at 4pm.

During the course, minibus transport is provided to visit various locations in West Cornwall.

Materials used on this course:

This course offers the use of a wide selection of oil paints and painting mediums and a range of dry materials including pencils, pens, charcoal and chalks. All materials are provided by the school. 


All skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience. If you have any specific access or support requirements please give us a call at the time of booking to discuss your needs.


We would advise that this course is suitable for those of 16 years of age and upwards (16 & 17yr olds must be accompanied by an adult, who is a paying participant).

What to bring:

Please bring old clothes to paint in. Sturdy shoes such as walking boots or trainers, a hat in case of particularly good weather, warm and waterproof clothes. Bringing something light to sit on while outside such as a small cushion, sit mat or rolled-up fleece is a good idea.


Please bring a packed lunch. A water bottle and a travel mug are always a good idea for out-on location.


If you are looking for a local place to stay, please browse our page for Accommodation in West Cornwall.

Additional info:

Once you have booked your place you will receive an email confirmation. Please contact us via our Contact Us page, if you need further support. 

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