The online Experimental Landscapes course with artist Anthony Garratt uses many different demonstrated exercises and a host of materials and tools with innovative painting and drawing techniques to help you to energise and broaden your landscape painting practice.
The course is pre-recorded so that you can take your time to really absorb the wealth of advice, practical exercises and demonstrations throughout the course. We would advise spending at least around 3-4 days working your way through the course. The artist suggests that it would be good to create several studies from each exercise to fully explore the learning and new techniques and approaches. You have unlimited access to the course for 12 months.
Some people may choose to go out into their surrounding landscape to do the exercises but if not then the ten or more looped films of the Cornish landscape, complete with the sights and sounds of the sea, will be a fantastic resource to work with from the comfort of your own studio/home. The exercises are demonstrated wonderfully by artist Anthony Garratt with lots of hints and tips and then the directions for what you can then do are written on the screen for you in the text which you can pause to really take in the advice. It is a jam-packed course with lots of exercises for you to do and a wealth of advice and instruction from one of the UK's leading coastal painters.
Chapters within the course include:
Sennen Beach on location - sky, sea and sand.
Working on two painting studies at the same time to keep works fresh with clean colours and not overworked, composition, layering of information and colour, applying paint with a wide range of materials and tools to create a wide and lively range of marks.
Sennen Beach continued back in the studio.
Editing through looking at focal points in works, contrasts of busy and quieter areas, deleting areas of work, and relationships between marks and between colours in different areas of a painting.
Pendeen Watch on location - cliffs, tin mines and lighthouse.
Line drawing exercises, memory drawings, tonal drawing exercises, textural rock studies with the use of soil, oil bar and acrylics applied with a squeegee, spray paint, masking with tape, water mixable oil paint.
Pendeen Watch continued back in the studio.
Use more considered approaches and marks in your painting on top of more gestural and broad marks on location. Using 'flow improver medium' to create fluid marks that keep their colour saturation, using cropping windows to consider compositions for new works.
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden on location.
Working on two paintings at once applying a warm ground to one work and a cool one to the other. Quick exploratory sketches to build up a language of marks to use in your paintings. Pre-mixing colours enable you to create a series of paintings more easily.
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden back in the studio.
Considering your paintings upon coming back into the studio. Balance, atmosphere and more controlled working. Rehearsing marks on separate paper. Using colours mixed on location in the studio. Scoring into wet paint among other techniques.
Hayle Estuary on location - industry and nature.
Emphasising the contrast between the fluid nature of the estuary and the hard industrial shapes of the buildings. Research its history before you get there. Adding raw materials such as iron filings and PVA rusted with saline solution.
Hayle Estuary back in the studio.
This work is created in real-time and so you can see all of the stages the work goes through. it is very useful to see the painting being pulled into its finished form through different stages. Materials used for the work include acrylic paints, spray paint (brush can be used instead to make similar marks if you prefer), chalk and masking out of areas with tape to create stencils.
How to continue your practice after the course. Anthony summarises things to take away from the course and what to work on afterwards.
Materials used on this course:
Any water-based acrylic or spray paints or inks, a range of pencils, charcoal, chalks and pastels or crayons. Use of PVA glue, tape, a craft knife or old scissors. A full list of materials is available once you purchase this course.
NB. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE ABOVE MATERIALS YOU CAN STILL GET A LOT OUT OF THE COURSE.
This online Experimental Landscape course is aimed at anyone who would like to push the boundaries of the techniques and materials they use for generating work from the landscape to bring into their painting practice.
The course is broken up into a series of exercises and demonstrations which can be worked with at your own pace but we would suggest that it might be experienced in stages over 3-4 days ideally. You get 12 months of unlimited use of the course.
How to participate:
Simply click on the link we send you in your purchase confirmation email from which you can see the main course film and the ten or so accompanying landscape looped film clips from which you can paint. Some people may go out into their surrounding landscape to do the exercises but if not then the films of the Cornish landscape complete with the sights and sounds of the sea will be a fantastic resource to work with from the comfort of your own studio/home. The exercises are demonstrated wonderfully by artist Anthony Garratt with lots of hints and tips and then the directions for what you can then do are written on the screen for you in the text which you can pause to really take in the advice.
Accessible to all levels but a little previous experience of painting in front of the landscape may be useful.
16+ might be a sensible guide age
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