Summer Schools 2018

Learn a skill that will bring you years of pleasure or improve on the skills that you already have, in lovely surroundings and with like-minded people.

Landscape painting summer schools for all levels, from novice to experienced artists. If you wish to book on one of these  courses please either call me or complete the contact from here. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Summer Schools 2018 Brochure
  • Dunham Massey
  • Arley Hall
  • Adlington Hall
  • Capesthorne Hall
  • Arley Hall
  • July 16th to July 20th, 2018
  • July 23rd to July 27th, 2018
  • July 30th to August 2nd, 2018
  • August 13th to August 17th, 2018
  • August 28th to August 31st, 2018
  • £175
  • £175
  • £140
  • £175
  • £140

NB. Subject to demand there may be opportunities to attend for part of a Summer School  –  please  discuss with the artist.

The venues will provide rooms for studio  work in the event of poor weather for which  the day rate increases.

Course Content

The day follows a theme with references to other painters and to the artist’s own work in order to stimulate activity. Sessions begin with a demonstration by the artist covering composition, starting the painting, brush techniques and colour mixing.

Subjects include: buildings and structures; with guidance on viewpoint and perspective. trees and plants; to include colour mixing. skies and all the basic elements of a landscape composition. A variety of media will be covered, from pencil. charcoal, ink and wash through to watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.

Specific sessions during the week covering:

Tree studies in pencil, charcoal and pastel.

Trees in context with surroundings in watercolour.

Buildings or building detail – basic perspective and mark making.

Selective composition placing a building into its environment.

Plants in detail – study sheet of varieties & species.

Identifying a plant’s unique character – watercolour / oil / ink and wash.

Pen and ink study of landscape.

Pastel drawing of an alternative panoramic landscape.

Putting it all together.

Painting in watercolour showing detail versus a contrasting looser background of brush strokes.

Completing the painting followed by group critique of the weeks work.

Materials and Equipment

All the following items are optional. It may be advisable to bring them in the car just in case you need them.

Watercolours and acrylics Brushes – a selection

HB, 3B, 4B, 6B pencils

Drawing board / hardboard / card

Masking tape or drawing pins

A3 or A4 sketchbook

A2 x 10 sheets of cartridge paper

Watercolour pad – 300gsm Bockingford

Pastels – selection


Folding stool / chair

Easel – handy but not essential

Some of the above can be borrowed – please check with the artist


Bring a showerproof jacket, jumper and sun hat

Food and drink *

Bottle of water / fruit juice (easy to dehydrate)

Flask of tea / coffee Packed lunch – some venues provide food

* Please be aware that some of the venues may not have refreshments available.


Bookings will require a deposit of £25, cheques should be made to: C.Hickson and sent to:

Art Summer Schools,

19, Lincoln Grove,

Sale ,

M33 2JG.

Please include your name, contact details, the chosen venue / date and any special requirements.

I learned so much during the week that I am now confident to paint landscapes on my own.

Charles is an excellent tutor and really takes the time to show you how to achieve great results.

Joan, Bowdon

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