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Introduction to Coastal Drawing and Painting (2.5-day version)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course is aimed at those looking to try on-site, plein-air drawings and paintings along the Firth of Forth coastline. Focusing on one or two locations, this course will allow you to develop a series of drawings and paintings based on the ever-changing environmental conditions and landscape.

As it's a 2.5 day course the first day morning is in the studio, and the tutor will be able to give out information regarding the location before visiting the sites.

Please note, this course takes place on coastal locations and transport is not provided. The locations will be accessible by public transport but there may be a bit of walking involved to various view points throughout the day. Students need to make their own way to the location.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of the subject is required.

Special Information

Materials available to purchase during course:

  • One-sided card

  • Newsprint

  • Cartridge paper

Essential materials and equipment students must provide themselves:

  • Sketchbook

  • Paints (Oils, Acrylics or Watercolours)

  • A range of appropriate brushes (to the relevant painting medium)

  • Painting surfaces

  • Board to rest upon

  • Water pot

  • Rags

  • Palette

  • Palette knife

  • Pencils

  • Warm clothing

  • Camera

Content of Course

Each session, students will be introduced to various aspects in relation to the course. The sessions will explore a combination of contextual references and feature practical exercises and demonstrations, which include:

1. Working on location and with varying subject matter.

2. Exploring aspects of movement and light, dealing with changing weather and lighting conditions.

3. Exploring developing drawing and painting studies directly, in real time.

4. Explore working with a range of materials and painting media.

5. Utilise the sketchbook to make preliminary studies and thumbnail sketches consider formats and compositions.

Teaching method(s)

This course will be based and delivered on location and will typically include a range of practical exercises and introductions to techniques, processes and concepts. This is supported by practical demonstrations, group discussions, contextual references and one-to-one support.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Develop a series of works that demonstrate a response to a changing environment.

  • Demonstrate an awareness for making a series of direct observations from one location.

  • Demonstrate a range of drawing and painting approaches to capture a sense of movement and light.


Core Readings

Warrell, I., 2014 Turner’s Sketchbooks Tate Publishing

Evans, M., 2014 John Constable: The Making of A Master  V & A Publishing

Andreae, C., 2013 Joan Eardley Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Khoroche, P., 2014 Ivon Hitchens Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

Clark, T.J., 2015 Frank Auerbach Tate Publishing


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.