Seascapes and buildings – 3 day course

The seascapes and buildings 3 day course combines two very different subjects to paint and aims to expand your skills as a painter of the outside world. The course will study how to paint water and seascapes as well as techniques for painting buildings and the urban landscape. The artistic style of the course is English post-impressionist – in particular the work of Edward Seago – although the techniques taught will allow you to develop your own style as you move forward. The course will be taught using demonstrations, but mainly through practical and directed painting to help bring your paintings to life.

Day one

Day one of the course is dedicated to painting water and, in particular, the sea. The course will consider different ways to paint water, from calm to stormy, and look at how to paint realistic coastlines and boats to help give your seascapes scale and context. The day will include:

  • A look at well known sea and coastal paintings to consider how they have been painted and what makes them work
  • Developing ideas for painting the sea in different conditions
  • Techniques for painting boats and the shoreline to provide a context for your seascape
  • Painting a picture to bring these ideas together
  • A review of the day

Day two

Day two of the course will concentrate on painting buildings, both close up and within a landscape context. The day will include:

  • A look at paintings which have buildings as their focus, both within the landscape and the urban environment
  • Painting buildings within the landscape and how to balance detail and context
  • Techniques for painting buildings as the focus of your painting
  • Painting a picture of a scene within an urban environment with buildings at different distances and therefore levels of detail
  • A review of the day

Day three

Day three is the chance to put what you have learnt into action. The day will be dedicated to painting a larger oil landscape using the skills gained over days one and two. This study will be of a harbour scene so pull together the techniques learnt over the previous two days including painting water, boats and buildings. If you have a seascape or painting of an urban scene you would prefer to paint (with some assistance) on day three you are welcome to do this as an alternative.

Day three will therefore include:

  • A review of days one and two and the opportunity to discuss the aspects of the course covered and any issues which have arisen from your painting so far
  • A demonstration of a larger harbour painting (60cm x 50cm or similar)
  • A chance to paint a larger picture (following the demonstration or of your choice)
  • A review of the day and notes to take away

The course will have no more than 8 pupils (6 during covid restrictions) to ensure plenty of time for one to one tuition and all materials are included in the price. Tea and coffee are provided as is a simple lunch (e.g. soup and a roll) or you are welcome to bring your own food. If you are travelling to attend the course there is a range of accommodation available in the area and we would be pleased to suggest somewhere to stay nearby.

The ‘Seascape and buildings – 3 day course’ course costs £225 and runs on the dates shown below. If you would like to book a place please contact Paul on 01380 860340 or use the ‘contact us’ button below and let us know when you would like to join us.