Category Archive: 4. Landscape elements

4-6-2 Assignment 4 : Landscape painting with mixed elements and features

Look carefully at all of the relevant studies and exercises you have undertaken and plan your painting. Working on an A3 sheet or larger compose a landscape that includes at least three of… Continue reading

4-5-4 Exercise: Human figure in the landscape

You could : make a separate study of a group or individual then place this group into a landscape that you work on in situ or that you have created from various sources… Continue reading

4-5-3 Exercise: Animals in the landscape

Visit an area where you know that there are sheep, cattle or horses and, working in a sketch pad, make lots of studies of them in pencil. Shade with pencil or use a… Continue reading

4-5-2 Exercise: Painting rocks

You will need an A3 or A4 watercolour pad and sketchpad also your drawing and painting media. Find a location to sit undisturbed where you can work out an interesting and dynamic composition.… Continue reading

4-5-1 Exercise: Painting trees

Exercise: Painting trees Work on two contrasting paintings that feature trees. If you do both paintings on the same day, notice exactly where the light has shifted to while you have been working.… Continue reading

Add. Research: Analyse the work of – Sargent, Nash, Burra and Homer

Additional study as suggested by tutor!        Analyse the work of – John Singer Sargent, Paul Nash, Edward Burra and Winslow Homer Look at the Tate Watercolour catalogue and analyse the work the… Continue reading

4-4-3 Exercise: Painting moving water

Paint moving water in a river, stream or even the sea.  If you have the opportunity paint by the sea Research : Before you do this exercise, spend some time researching the work… Continue reading

4-4-2 Exercise: Painting still and disturbed water

Lakes or ponds (on any scale including a garden pond or a puddle).  Work on lots of rapid watercolour sketches than on one heavily constructed painting. When you have finished, assess your sketches… Continue reading

4-4-1 Exercise: Still life with water

Use a large watercolour pad or sheet of A3, use drawing media as well as watercolour, if you wish. Find a large shallow bowl and part fill it with water. Place one or… Continue reading

4-3-4 Exercise: Sky dominated landscape

When you have completed these exercises make detailed notes on what you have learned in your learning log. This series of paintings are a mixture of studies done from direct observation, from photos… Continue reading

4-3-3 Exercise: Different kinds of clouds

Read up some more on clouds and weather and make lots of trips outside making notes about what you see. Consider the best approach to painting different kinds of cloud formations.  Make studies… Continue reading

4-3-2 Exercise: Tonally graded wash and simple clouds

Observing the sky paint simple washes to depict the sky and clouds.  Practice these tonal studies and aim for accuracy, holding your dry painting up to the sky to check the colour and… Continue reading

4-3-1 Research Point : Artists investigations into perception of natural world

Research artists like Turner and Constable who made very different but equally groundbreaking investigations into the nature of our perception of the natural world.… Continue reading

4-2-4 Research Point : watercolour urban landscapes or cityscapes

A. Look at watercolours by different artists and consider what each artist has represented in their painting. B. Look at artists from the eighteenth century onwards who have used watercolour to represent cityscapes… Continue reading

4-2-3 Exercise: Aerial perspective in rural landscape

Aerial perspective is easier to see in a rural setting and simpler to convey as the softer profiles of hills or gentle undulations present tonal layers in a more straight forward way than… Continue reading

4-2-2 Exercise: Aerial perspective urban landscape – painting

Choose your subject and made your sketches and studies.  Then begin your painting, work on a large scale. When finished, assess your painting for progress and compare this to your first study in… Continue reading

4-2-1 Exercise: Aerial perspective in an urban landscape – drawings

Find an interesting view in a built up area and look carefully at how the foreground appears different from the middle and far distance. You may need to get a view from an… Continue reading

4-1-2 Exercise: Distance – linear perspective drawing and painting

A    When you have found a good composition with strong elements of linear perspective, return to your location and begin to work on a larger drawing or painting. Now you will also… Continue reading

4-1-1 Exercise: Distance – preparatory drawings

Find a location that you are able to return to easily. Look around for elements of the built environment that demonstrate perspective clearly.  Locate the horizon line.  Working on location or from a… Continue reading