The Cornish Landscape, taught by artist Maggie O'Brien is an incredibly useful and inspiring online course for anyone who would like to free up their approach to landscape painting. With a host of exercises demonstrated and outlined for the participant to use, the course gives a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced coastal painters working in Cornwall today. Maggie guides you on how to work from the many looped film clips of the dramatic Cornish coastline provided with the course. The exercises encourage a free and expressive approach to painting. Maggie is the most positive and generous of teachers making everything seem possible and helping students to approach new ways of working from the landscape with a very hands on and raw approach to painting. Maggie uses mixed media and oil paints on the course but the teaching and exercises would all also be applicable for acrylics rather than oils should any participants prefer. 

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 advise spending around 3-4 days working your way through the course. You have unlimited access to the course for 12 months. 

Simply click on the link we send you in your purchase confirmation email from which you can play the main course film and also see the accompanying coastal landscape looped films which you can paint from.

Chapter headings

1          Introduction to drawing materials.                                          

2          Thumbnails Sketches on location.                                

3          Monochrome Drawing on location at two different sites.             

4          Colour Drawing on location at two different sites.

5           Preparing your supports (priming)

6          Colour Mixing with Alykd Oil paints.

7          Painting Demonstrations (on location and some demonstrations on painting from looped films of the coastline)

8          Playing with paint

9          People in paintings

10        Artists

Maggie O’Brien

Materials used on this course:

Water-based acrylic inks or paints, Indian ink, pencils, charcoal, pastels or crayons. Use of a sketchbook. A full list of materials is available once you have purchased this course.


Intended for:

The online The Cornish Landscape course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn a wide range of strategies and exercises for generating work from the landscape to bring into their painting practice. Maggie takes you through lots of techniques and processes which will invigorate your approach to landscape painting and help you to generate lots of studies from which you can make more resolved landscape paintings.


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 also see the five accompanying landscape looped clips which you can paint from. Some people may choose to 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 home. The exercises are demonstrated wonderfully by artist Maggie O’Brien 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

Additional info:

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