Landscape painting all media with Andrew Fitchett

Ref: SWE31712

About this course

Study the fundamentals of landscape painting through composition, tonal values and colour using your preferred medium.

Course Description

Study the fundamentals of landscape painting through composition, tonal values and colour. Focus on how to capture the essence of a landscape, working in your preferred medium to increase confidence in your painting.

Learn the essential elements for achieving a representational likeness of your chosen landscape in your painting. These include draughtsmanship and understanding of composition, tonal values and use of colour. As well as these important aspects, you will be encouraged to develop your own personal style. You will be working outside on location in the grounds of the College. You will be drawing and painting outdoors so please bring appropriate clothing and footwear. In the event of inclement weather, you will make drawings outdoors and use these to create paintings in the studio.

In the first evening session, your tutor will show and talk about his work, introduce the course and illustrate his introduction with work from various sources.

You will select your preferred painting medium, such as oils, pastels, acrylics, coloured pencils, etc. Your tutor will demonstrate and explain techniques and methods to help you plan and build up a lively landscape painting. You will also learn how to use light, shadow and colour to enhance composition and drama in your work. As your painting develops, advice will be given on an individual basis through discussion and demonstration.

By the end of the course, you will have increased confidence in painting with your preferred medium, and gained knowledge on composition, light, shadow and colour. You will have completed one or two small landscape studies and one small landscape painting.

It is advised that you have at least a basic understanding of the medium or mediums you choose to use.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Layers of clothing and waterproofs/hats and sunscreen for working outdoors
  • HB, 2B and 4B pencils, drawing pad/sketchbook
  • Working with oil paints:
  • Three stretched canvases or boards, minimum size A4
  • Paints – see colours listed below
  • Hog’s hair brushes, pots for thinners with lids, rags
  • Studio safe solvent, e.g. Zest-it or Sansodor (white spirit or cheap brush cleaner is not permitted)
  • Working with watercolours or acylic paints:
  • Three suitable papers, minimum size A4 (*see note on preparation)
  • Paints – see list below for colours, brushes, water pot
  • Working with colour dry media, such as pastels, pencils:
  • Three suitable papers/surfaces, minimum size A4
  • Colours – see list below, rags
  • Colours:
  • Paynes Grey, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna
  • *If you work on stretched paper (water based media), the tutor recommends that you prepare three sheets before the course and bring them with you. Alternatively, you can buy suitable paper from the shop that doesn’t require stretching.
  • Please ensure that you bring/purchase the appropriate materials for your chosen medium.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials including:
  • HB, 2B and 4B pencils, drawing pads, sketchbooks, hog’s hair brushes, dipper pots with lids,
  • studio safe solvent, watercolour papers 300gsm and 640gsm, gummed paper strip, watercolour brushes, palettes, a good variety of coloured chalk pastels, oil pastels and coloured pencils
  • Oil, acrylic and watercolour paints in a good range of colours including the following colours (or equivalents): Paynes Grey, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue, Sap Green, Lemon Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Andrew Fitchett portrait

Andrew Fitchett

Andrew Fitchett is a practicing painter working in oils and West Dean tutor since 2006. Since his career in Advertising where he ran creative courses Andrew paints and teaches from his studio in East Sussex. Andrew's work is in private collections across Europe.


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