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


The Inspired by Leonardo online course offers participants a host of exercises demonstrated and outlined by artist Jesse Leroy Smith using works by Leonardo from the Royal Collection. Exercises and demonstrations range from working with the figure, the portrait and details of hands or drapery, to drawing the sense of motion in water torrents found in rivers and movement in trees catching the wind among other subjects Leonardo depicted. Working with inspiration from one of the great artists of the Renaissance Jesse is able to pull out of Leonardo’s work a great number of ways to bring new ideas and approaches to your work.

The course includes looped film clips of the different subjects explored on the course for participants to draw and paint from alongside the exercises. 

Jesse uses a simple range of dry drawing materials including pencils and chalks and watercolours or inks on the course but the teaching and exercises would all also be applicable for any drawing materials and watered-down acrylics should any participants prefer. 

A wonderful opportunity to gain inspiring guidance on how to learn from the drawings and mixed media work used by Leonardo across a number of different subjects he depicted and studied. 

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.

Chapters within the course include:              

Session 1

Introduction to the course. 

Looking at Leonardo’s life drawings from the Royal Collection

Drawing masterclass using dry media – drawing from the human form 

  • The Back
  • The Leg

Session 2

Looking at Leonardo portraits from the Royal Collection

Drawing masterclass using dry media – the portrait 

Session 3

Guided visual meditations with Leonardo’s writings read by Jesse:

  • stained wall
  • trees
  • river

Looking deeper into drawing: 

  • Demonstration – How to stain papers for drawing
  • Drawing the Egg 

Session 4

Drawing as visual poetry to create mystery and intrigue:

  • Looking at Leonardo’s drapery drawings from the Royal Collection linking to the river drawings
  • Guided exercises
  • Guided Portrait drawings including drapery

Final summing up from Jesse

Jesse Leroy Smith

Materials used on this course:

Acrylic inks or paints, watercolours, pencils, charcoal, pastels or crayons. A full list of materials is available once you purchase this course.

NB: If you do not have all of the materials you can still get a lot out of the course.

Intended for:

This online Inspired by Leonardo course is aimed at anyone who would like to gain guidance on how to learn from the drawings and mixed media work used by Leonardo across a number of different subjects he depicted and studied. 


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 play the main course film and also find the many accompanying loops which you can draw and paint from alongside the exercises. Some people may choose to use their own subjects they have access to for the exercises but if not then the many film clip loops given with the course will be a fantastic resource to work with from the comfort of your own studio/home.

The exercises are demonstrated wonderfully by artist Jesse Leroy Smith 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 artists.


Accessible to all levels but a little previous experience of painting may be useful.


16+ might be a sensible guide age.

Additional info:

If you choose to buy this product, at the checkout you will be asked to create your own Newlyn School of Art online account (if you do not already have one) to access any purchase of digital content.  Purchasing of digital content grants the purchaser unlimited and immediate access for 1 year.  At the point of purchase, you have no right to cancel or gain a refund as you have received full access to the digital product.  Please read the Terms and Conditions

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