We are delighted to launch our new Year-long Online Landscape Course!


The Defining Practice course has established itself as an ideal platform for those who wish to create a body of work over a year through which they might gain a stronger sense of their artistic voice, create a deeper richness to their practice and find the methods, materials and processes that are most suited to their work. 

Below on this page, you can find more information about the course such as who it is aimed at, how the sessions run, typical artists teaching on the course, dates for the next cohort starting in September of 2024 and a link to a blog article on the Defining Practice Course written by a recent participant.

Many artists struggle to develop ideas from initial studies into more resolved work using the most appropriate media. Sometimes this can simply be because they are not using the right materials, brushes, supports or primers to achieve the work they want to make. The Defining Practice course is designed to establish strategies for working that help you generate your momentum and inspiration. By connecting all the stages of your practice, from initial sketches or photos to resolved artworks and how they are displayed, you can build up an individual practice that is rich, diverse, organic, and cohesive.

The course combines practical sessions alongside one-to-one tutorials and is held over six two-day sessions each around eight weeks apart. Over the year we will help each of you to look at a wealth of artists that are relevant to you and how you can learn from different elements of their practice.

The course is led by artists Faye Dobinson and Caroline Pedler, supported by Marie Claire Hamon with visiting artists leading some of the practical sessions, including artists such as Jesse Leroy Smith, Maggie O’Brien, Anita Reynolds, John Howard, Jessica Cooper, and James Hankey, among others.

You will be introduced to the tutors when they will share their work with you, discussing their art practices and their experiences of exhibiting collaboration, and public projects. There will be lots of opportunities to have the Lead and Visiting Artists engage with your work giving you encouragement and support. The art school will provide a wide range of materials in the sessions to help you experiment with different approaches and processes to bring into your work.

Each Defining Practice group will have 3 tutors teaching at all times which means that there is an unusually high ratio of tutors to students.

Please find below the main themes of our two-day sessions.

  • Experimental painting and source material
  • Developing an image - Drawing, Print and Collage
  • Research and themes - Place Visiting
  • The Portrait and Self-portrait
  • Colour - Processes and Materials
  • Reflection

We offer everyone interested in applying for the course a free 45-minute one-to-one Zoom call with the Lead Tutor. Simply fill in our Application Form embedded below and we will contact you about arranging an informal interview. Alternatively, if you have any questions you can get in touch via Contact Us.

Course price: £3,150.

2024/25 dates have now been released, please see the Sessions below;

Group A - Thursdays & Fridays

Session 1 - Thursday 19th & Friday 20th of September 2024

Session 2 - Thursday 7th & Friday 8th of November 2024

Session 3 - Thursday 6th & Friday 7th of February 2025

Session 4 - Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th of April 2025

Session 5 - Thursday 29th & Friday 30th of May 2025

Session 6 - Thursday 24th & Friday 25th of July 2025


Group B - Saturdays & Sundays

Session 1 - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd of September 2024

Session 2 - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th of November 2024

Session 3 - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th of February 2025

Session 4 - Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th of April 2025

Session 5 - Saturday 31st of May & Sunday 1st of June 2025

Session 6 - Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th of July 2025


We have an excellent blog article on the Defining Practice Course written by someone who attended the course recently which can be found here: 

Defining Practice year-long course blog

To view our other Year Long Courses, please click here.

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Please fill in the form below and we will then get back to you to arrange a free half hour one-to-one chat with one of our Lead Tutors to discuss your work and help answer any questions you might have about any of the longer courses.

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