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LESSON PLANS WINTER TERM 2023 (1st half) Lesson 1: Landscape composition and shape.

We start our sessions again in the first full week of September, and in this first project we're going to look at abstracting landscape. I'll begin by asking my students to study a collection of small landscape images and interpret them using pencil line. They can then experiment with these by rubbing out some of the image and blocking in areas of tone and colour - simplifying the image, clarifying some of the greater shapes within the landscape image.

Looking forward to getting back to class and seeing everyone again soon!

Winter Term 1st half 2023 – lesson 1: Landscape: composition and shape (leading to a working drawing).

· You have a laminated sheet with several landscape images on it.

· In your sketch books draw the same number of boxes, all of the same proportions and approximately the same size (can be bigger but not smaller).

· Looking very carefully at where the main horizontals and verticals sit in relation to the sides of the boxes, make a line drawing for each landscape.

· Try and interpret everything with a line – this becomes trickier with things like clumps of foliage but find your own way of describing it with line/outline.

· If you finish your drawings before the lesson is over, choose one of the drawings and rub out some of the information.

· With colour pencils (I have some in class) or watercolours if you have them with you, block some of the remaining areas and shapes.

· You’re working towards an abstracted landscape. Tray this with as many as you have time for.

Next lesson: Bring the landscape image (photo, copy of a famous painting, calendar image etc.) that you would like to work from. Bring pencils, colour pencils and watercolours for a mixed media working drawing. I will have some images if you can’t find one.


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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