Landscape Painting Workshop

Course Summary

Saturday 29th June, 2019
Wednesday 3rd July, 2019
£ 180 ( £60 per day)
Saturday, Sunday Monday FULL ( Tues & Wed good avaiability)

Landscape Painting Workshop


Level: Intermediate and Advanced

The landscape painting workshop runs for 5 days  from Saturday to Wednesday. The course is suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. You can attend  for as many days as you wish however, it is recommended that you come for a minimum of 2 to 3 days to get the most benefit.  This is a great opportunity for families or partners wanting to take a short break. Those who want to immerse themselves in making art can, while others can do a whole range of outdoor activities which the area offers in abundance

Visit Gallery to see a wide range of course work


We are located in the Brecon Beacons National Park.  The house and studio are situated above Talgarth in the foothills of the Black Mountains, six miles from Hay-on-Wye. The garden has a 25 mile  view over the Middle Wye Valley.Further up the hill  is the 12th century church of Llanelieu. This leads you to the open moor  with  magnificent views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. The open countryside is National Park which  is very accessible with  many public footpaths and roads that take you across  large expanses of common land.

There is no shortage of subject matter for landscape painting.Within a mile there is a nature reserve called Pwll-y-Wrach. This is 40 acre woodland site with a series of waterfalls. Then  5 miles away there is  Llangorse , which is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and 3 miles in the other direction is the River Wye.


Saturday and Sunday morning.

Geomorphology is the study of the physical processes that form the land.  Last year we were fortunate to  have James Goff  (Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences, University of New South Wales ) join us on the first two mornings to reveal the hidden depths of the landscape around here. Provided James is not called away to a  tsunami or earthquake disaster  then it is hope he will join us again this year. James was was originally from Pembrokeshire and has recently retired to live in this area. We will keep you posted

Mono-printing facilities will be  in place 

We have just finished a three day course in mono-printing  ( see attachments below) The equipment, press and means to make mono-prints will be available for you to use.  I will be on hand for those who do not know the process. You could take your plates out into the landscape and return to make  prints. Likewise  you could work in the studio directly on the plates drawing upon the studies you have made outside.

Ways of working.

The emphasis and direction will be on  “plein air” methods, which means landscape painting and drawing  outside in the landscape. These works or  studies, ( including notes  and photographs)  can be used to  make  an independent  work in the studio. Constable and Turner were great exponents  of this approach and many others since. In addition to this  inclement weather  is a good reason why artists have been driven back to the studio. Alternatively you could work  entirely on the spot come rain or sunshine

Everyone will have  space to work  and pin up work in the studio.The teaching will  start at 10am end at 4pm, The studio will remain open for those who want to continue working to dusk. The late afternoon and evening light are really the best times to experience  the landscape.

MATERIALS : Equipment – what to bring

Please contact Niel for advice about materials before you think of making an expensive outlay.  You could arrive here without any materials and still be able to work.. We have a certain amount of drawing  materials and paint . There are oils , gouaches, canvases, boards and paper.The studio has easels and drawing boards too.  When booking we will send you a list of what to bring. Your own sketching easel,  would be useful if you have one. The local art shop is on this link

Lunch.   will be provided either in the garden or dining room. Refreshments will be available in the studio as well.
Tuition.  The mornings will start with a short crit and during the day Niel will be in the studio and making visits to see your work at your location. What tends to happen is that 2 or 3 people choose the same location.

FEES :  15% discount for earlybirds. Earlybird discounts apply to those booking  4 days or more. Otherwise the fee is  £ 60 per day


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