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LESSON PLANS SUMMER TERM 2024 (1st half) Lesson 4: Landscape painting from last lesson's drawing.

In the last lesson I asked my students to reduce a landscape image to its simplest shapes - the shapes which describe distance and give the feeling of depth to the drawing. In this lesson I'm asking them to continue on good watercolour paper by re-drawing their image leaving a tiny channel between each shape and then to use watercolour wet-into-wet within each shape knowing that the areas won't run together because of the dry channels. Above you can see my working drawing and the process of my painting.

Summer Term 2024 (1st half) Lesson 4: Working from last lesson’s drawing, painting within boundaries, dry channel technique.

·         On good watercolour paper, lightly re-draw last week’s landscape with well sharpened watercolour pencil, creating the narrow channels between each shape.

·         Keep referring to your drawing, look for key points such as the shape of the whole sky, what sits in the middle of your subject, if there’s a track or path – where does it come off at the edge of your page etc.

·         Try and keep this drawing simple – it means making choices about the shapes you’ve chosen – and your choices might be different from the next person’s. You choose the edges of each shape according to the way you see your image.

·         Work into each individual shape with watercolour, painting up to, but not over, the edges of each shape. Let the dry channel be as narrow as you can manage. Definitely play with wet-into-wet paint within each shape.

·         Have fun!

Next lesson June (5th, 6th, 7th): Bring colour pencils and good sketch books – let’s make a drawing in layers with mixes of colour to create tones! We’ll do another Mary Fedden-style mix of still-life at a window so please bring some fruit in a bowl and a patterned cloth and perhaps a picture of a window that you love, with a view through it.


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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