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Landscape Painting: An Introduction (10 credit points)

Course Times & Enrolment

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Course Summary

This course will introduce students to a range of methods for gathering research through location drawing, from which they will develop a body of work. Responding to the local landscape and employing mixed media and painting approaches such as working with inks, pastels, collage and acrylics. Students will develop their own responses to reveal a ‘character’ and atmosphere for a place and space, considering composition aspects, mark-making and the use of colour.

Please note, that this course includes field trips. Some walking will be necessary around each location (approx. 1 mile). Transport will not be provided to outdoor drawing locations. Students should make their own way to the meeting point provided by the tutor.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment


Special Information

This course will include a limited supply of basic papers and cards. However please do acquire the materials recommended for this course.

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:

  • A4/A3 sketchbook
  • Pencils - either HB /2B / 4B
  • Eraser
  • Scalpel
  • Coloured chalk pastels
  • A Water brush
  • Paining surface such as one-sided card (can be purchased during the course)
  • Range of acrylic paints, acrylic or oil brushes, sponge/rag
  • Camera/smartphone (optional)
  • Appropriate waterproofs and warm clothing for location drawing

Content of Course

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

1. Introduction to landscape painting using a range of references. 

2. Working with drawing and painting approaches.

3. Research through location drawing.

4. Exploring compositions and editing studies to develop further works.

5. Working with monotype.

6. Exploring colour and limited palettes studies.

7. Reflective group critiques.

8. Developing resolved works.

Teaching method(s)

The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor.  Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a ‘directed study plan’ which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes. 

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an informed practice and approach to location landscape drawing, evidenced through the sketchbook within the context of an historical and contemporary art practice.

  • Produce a range of drawings, paintings and studies directly drawn from the landscape within the sketchbook, demonstrating an exploration of a range of materials and techniques.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of how to document, select and edit artwork for presentation.


Core Readings


  • AUERBACH, F. 2015. Frank Auerbach. Tate Publishing.

  • DOIG, P. et al.2008.  Peter Doig. New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. Print.

  • EARDLEY, J. 1990. Joan Eardley. London: The Scottish Gallery, London. Print.

  • HITCHENS, I. 2014. Ivon Hitchens. Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd

  • RHODES, C. 2000. Carol Rhodes. [Glasgow]: Tramway. Print.

  • VIRTUE, J. 2005. John Virtue: London Paintings (National Gallery Company, London). Yale University Press

Journal and periodicals:

  • Modern Painters

Web Sources

Jeanette Barnes

Gerhard Richter


Details of the Art and Design assessment requirements can be found on the short course website. Please click on the following link for more information: Submission and Assessment Information

Studying for Credit

If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.


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.