Landscape Drawing Lessons from the Masters
This course looks at how the drawing conventions of European Old Master landscape painters can be employed within a contemporary drawing practice. Every second week we will make a field trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens, where students will make use of copies and derivative drawings they produced the week before to create a comparative living example of the plant or vista studied in class.
Each WEA class will begin with a fifteen minute introductory lecture on the artist, focusing on their skill and practice as a landscape draughtsman. This short presentation will incorporate open discussion and an opportunity to raise stylistic, technical and historically related questions. For classes held at the Botannical Gardens, please ensure you arrive 15 minutes prior to the class time start.
- Week 1 – Claude Lorrain, A View with Three Pines, 1640: Students will attempt to copy in pencil Claude Lorrain’s drawing of three pine trees. They will note how pure line is used to suggest overarching form, the fall of light and shade, the ephemeral appearance of foliage and the texture of trunks.
- Week 2 – Botanic Gardens: Location within the Botanic Gardens to be anounced.
- Week 3 – Pietro Testa, Landscape: Another small grouping of trees will be analysed in the context of a more complex receding setting. In this study we will introduce pen and ink over an initial light pencil drawing.
- Week 4 – Botanic Gardens: Location within the Botanic Gardens to be anounced.
- Week 5 – Nicolas Poussin, Landscape with Five Trees: Over a lightly demarcated pencil drawing we will introduce pen, brush and ink. Trees and other objects will be reduced to silhouettes and areas kept bare to suggest a simplified rendition of the higher values.
- Week 6 – Botanic Gardens: Location within the Botanic Gardens to be anounced.
- Week 7 – Josua de Grave, Italian landscape: The final Old Master source will incorporate the knowledge and experience gained from the previous classes, in order to copy and make use of a classical landscape vista with foreground, middle ground and background. We will look at combining pen and ink with successive washes over a pencil drawing.
- Week 8 – Botanic Gardens: Location within the Botanic Gardens to be anounced.
PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Learn to borrow and develop the shorthand means necessary for describing complex and ephemeral natural forms.
- Begin to be able to describe the natural environment with a considered use of contour, line and ink washes.
- Make practical use of art history within the context of historical drawings, western landscape conventions and the artificial layout and setting of the Botanic Gardens.
- 2H pencil (please make sure ALL pencils are 2H as the lines must be light enough to be drawn over in ink.)
- Walnut or Indian ink. (I reccomend Tom Norton’s Walnut Drawing Ink)
- Nib pen (I recommend Tom Norton’s walnut drawing stick)
- A4 watercolour sketch book.
- Two metal board clips.
- A solid board to rest and clip your sketchbook onto in the Botanic Gardens.
IMPORTANT: Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.
Wednesday 11 October - 29 November 2017
10.00 AM - 1.00 PM
72 Bathurst Street