The majority of all contemporary painters work from a variety of source material including photographs and everyday imagery found in newspapers and magazines and advertising among other recorded or found elements. This exciting new course is designed to help the student produce contemporary landscape paintings from photographs and other source material. The photographs will either be taken by the student or they might be found images chosen by the student. The emphasis of the course is to focus on editing, colour balance, tone and composition. The students will be encouraged to work with the photograph rather than simply copying it in order to maximize the students vision and ideas.

There will be opportunities during the course to see examples of works by a number of contemporary artists who take landscape as their subject matter.

We will be working on pre cut boards with acrylics and then oils.

Much of contemporary landscape painting is not concentrated on the picturesque such as George Shaw, Willam Sasnal, Luc Tuymans, Peter Doig; these artists often choose to evoke scenes of the everyday such as disused and abandoned buildings or modern communication systems that record arbitrary details and ‘normal’ landscapes, spaces that are touched by humanity and the debris of our contemporary world.

A fascinating course helping students to make work which reflects the reality of our experience of landscape in the world around us today.

Colour photographs in the image gallery courtesy of Michael Frantzis

Paintings in the image gallery by Rachael Reeves and Kitty Stirling.


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Rachael Reeves

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

This course uses acrylic paints and oil paints. All materials provided by the art school as inclusive with your course fee.

Please meet at Newlyn School of Art at 9.50am for a 10am start.

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. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our students.

Please wear old clothes. Your own photographs or found images. On the first day of the course we will be working with 4 images from photographs of landscapes you are inspired by. Often people choose places which are less picturesque and more intriguing as they include traces of humanity such as an allotment, road through a barren landscape, harvested fields or a city-scape for example or anything that sparks their imagination. Early on in the course you will produce 4 quick small paintings on different coloured grounds ranging from cool/cold to warm/hot. These paintings will hopefully inform a larger painting that you will spend more time over. Please bring with you a variety of photographs preferably printed or if not as digital images. All of the materials for the course are provided including brushes but you may feel you would like to bring a favourite brush/s.'

Please bring a packed lunch.

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