Landscape Art

Tutor: Andrew Watson

Tuesday 10am -12 noon

Course Overview:

This is a continuation of the class from Term1 and so would suit Members who already attended Term1 or those with some good experience of painting. The landscape course is designed to help participants develop their artistic skills and understanding of landscape compositions. We will focus on working from sketches previously done outdoors and gradually progress towards creating resolved compositions in a range of media. Through practical exercises, discussions, and feedback sessions, students will explore different techniques, tools, and materials to express their creative vision and enhance their ability to capture the essence of landscapes.

Course Duration: 8 weeks (2 hours per week)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of landscape compositions.
  • Develop observational skills to effectively capture various elements found in landscapes.
  • Utilise sketching techniques to create preliminary studies and develop compositions.
  • Experiment with different media, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, oils and watercolours, to convey different aspects of landscapes.
  • Apply colour theory and tonal values to enhance the visual impact of their compositions.
  • Analyse and critique their own work and that of others to identify areas for improvement.
  • Gain confidence in creating resolved landscape compositions by incorporating elements of perspective, depth, and atmosphere.

Dr Andrew Watson, who is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, studied at Edinburgh College of Art, where he was awarded the first-year prize for overall performance, and later completed a PhD in history of art at Aberdeen university. He has taught fine art in schools for 35 years, including 15 years as Head of Department.

Andrew has always loved landscape. He enjoys finding ways of describing nature across a range of media in two and three dimensions, which involves connecting with the landscape in a personal way and attempting to capture its light or substance. He is currently working towards a solo show at the Fleming Gallery, Surrey.