For the Love of Landscape

Capture the magnificence of nature with this introduction to the world of landscape painting. Supported by individual tuition and guidance, you’ll explore styles, techniques, composition and concepts, and various ways of observing nature.

You’ll start with small landscape studies to establish your creative direction whilst Jason guides you through landscape painting techniques. You’ll then move on to a major work and extend your new skills to paint to a subject matter of your choice.

Enrol
  • Full days. Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Beginner, Intermediate
  • Places available

Course Info

Day One

Introduction to landscape painting, its basic principles and fundamentals. Demonstrations of techniques and styles. Individual and class discussions on creative direction, style, technique, composition, and concepts. First small studies to be created on primed masonite boards, which will be provided as well as initial subjects.

Day Two

Previous works continued, and two more small studies to be created, refining creative direction and application. En Plein Air session in the afternoon, weather permitting. Entering the world of the great Impressionists, their methods, and their goals. Preparing major work canvas, priming and sanding.

Day Three

Exploring experimental concepts of composition, with an instructional demonstration from Jason’s ‘Reflections’ series, inspired by Monet’s waterlilies. Painting reflections of trees, sky and clouds in water, experimenting with paint application and style. En Plein Air session in the afternoon, weather permitting. Preparing major work canvas, priming and sanding.

Day Four

Begin major work, subject to be provided by students. Demonstration of how to build and/or prepare a canvas. Step by step building of major work using the learned methods and skills.

Day Five

The final stages of major work bring paintings to as much completion as possible. Outlining further progress required and discussing and analyzing the painting process and all that has been learned and can be explored in the future.

For beginners and improvers alike

To be supplied by participant
Paint

One complete set of acrylic paints, including warms and cools of every primary colour, and ‘Burnt Sienna’ for initial tonal drawings.

Recommended colours

  • Titanium white
  • Paynes Grey
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Burnt Sienna for tonal drawings

Recommended brands – Matisse, Atelier, or Jo Sonjas Gouaches.

 
Brushes & Tools

Series of synthetic brushes, both rounds, flats and filberts, long-handed or short-handed. Recommended sizes- 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.

A varied array of small brushes for fine detail, mid-size brushes for the bulk of painting work, and a large brush for washes, blurring reflections, painting skies and establishing large areas.

Recommended brands – Roymac or Galleria

 
Canvas

A medium-sized canvas with landscape, horizontal dimensions. To be primed and sanded in preparation for major work. Ideal size 500 x 700 mm.

One 1L tub of Gesso for priming major work canvas and a large brush for Gesso application.

Recommended brands – Art Spectrum or Windsor & Newton.

 
Subject material

A photograph of a landscape to be used for your major work. Choose a subject with sentimental and inspirational resonance for you, so your painting will serve as a portal through time, a memento on the wall, or a window into reverie.

Be sure to bring two of three subjects if possible, as your interest in each may change, and additional subjects can be used for studies also.

 
General supplies

One to two palettes, preferably made of wood and handheld, which can be bought from art stores, or a simple piece of masonite, plastic, or glass that can be placed on a table or easel.

Two water jars

One single-edged razor blade or fine sandpaper for sanding the major work canvas in between layers of Gesso. Bunnings is a good place to find these items.

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Jason Lowe
Course Tutor

Jason Lowe

Jason Lowe is a thirty-three-year-old Australian visual artist residing in the lush Bellinger Valley.

A self-taught artist from a young age, Jason has become a renowned and respected artist in his own right, having sold more than fifty commissioned works, in addition to private sales, and has been featured in various exhibitions and art prizes nationally.