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Lifelong Learning

Reflective Art Practice: Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media and Art History

A practical art course which will help develop analytical and creative skills by reflecting on major art movements.

Van Gogh
Van Gogh

Abstracting Landscapes

We will look at the process of abstraction as illustrated by Kandinsky and Mondrian, examining the impact of these ideas on 20/21st Century art. Practical exercises will be undertaken in class using drawing materials, paint and collage with personal references as a starting point.

This module combines lectures, a seminar component (discussions and analysis of artworks) and a workshop element. The latter (one and a half hour per two and a half hour session) will explore various artistic styles and practical techniques in drawing, painting and mixed media.

Week 1.  Part 1- Intoduction

Part 2 – Watercolour workshop

Week 2. Impressionism 
Part 1 – Looking at light

Part 2- Workshop: Pastel

Week 3. Post Impressionism
Part 1 – Developing visual language

Part 2 – Workshop: Oil/Acrylic

Week 4.  The Fauve Landscape
Part 1 – Colour and meaning

Part 2 – Workshop: Collage

Week 5. Expressionism
Part 1 - Path to abstraction

Part 2 – Workshop: Watercolour and mixed media

Week 6. The Cubist landscape
Part 1 – Geometry and Modernism

Part 2 – Workshop: Charcoal and pastel.

Week 7. Abstract Expressionism
Part 1 – The Influence of America

Part 2 – Workshop: Acrylic

Week 8. Contemporary Abstraction in Landscape Art
Part 1 – British Landscape Art in the 20/21st Century

Part 2 – Workshop: Mixed media


This course will run on both a Tuesday evening and Thursday evening.

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Time: 19.00-21.00
Duration: 8 weeks

Date: Thursday 8 October 2015
Time: 19.00-21.00
Duration: 8 weeks


£130 (£120 for university staff and students)


Booking is completed through the Online Store, please click here to book your place. Please make sure you select the correct day, as Tuesday is now fully booked.

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