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We have our annual Chettle Summer School coming up from Monday to Friday inclusive.

We're looking at stitching together the different distances of a landscape - with a foreground reference, a middle distance and a far distance.

We'll work outdoors if the weather's clement but as we're likely to have some wet days I have plans for indoors and outdoors.

There are many ways to tackle landscape painting, you can paint ‘en plein air’ (outside and directly on to your canvas), you might aim for a literal and figurative representation or, thinking of the impressionists, you might experiment with something softer and more expressive. You might decide to try something altogether more abstract. Abstract painting can appear to be easier than a photographic style – but its difficulties emerge when you realise that if you work in an abstract way you’ll need to think about how and why you’re changing, or evolving, that which you find and see in the landscape. You can try any or all of these styles this week, but you'll begin by making the working sketches which help you to organise your composition with the three distances you'll be stitching together.

If you decide to work indoors we're going to look at the way artists have stitched together three following distances, still-life (1) in front of a window (2) with a view outside(3). You’re going to make drawings to help you understand how you might stitch together these three elements. You need a drawing of a window (plenty in the hall!) You need a foreground, drawings of a still-life of some sort (plenty of things in the kitchen, plenty of plants and wildflowers to cut from outside) and you need a view outside your eventual window (lots of views around the hall and environs and lots of images which I have for you to work from).

Above is a collection of various paintings using some of the ideas I've been talking about.

Here also is a collection of photos taken at Chettle with examples of the three distances incorporated into them


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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