Painting Landscape, Large and Small Green Spaces

with Kate Measham and Francesca Shakespeare

  • taster day, 23rd October
  • 30th October, 6th, 13th, 27th November
  • 10.00am – 4.30pm
  • £80 for taster day , Or £325 for remaining 4 classes And taster day
  • various sites, partly depending on the weather
  • suitable for most students, though some venues may be trickier than others.
  • Covid-19 protocols will be followed both indoors and outside

What to expect on this course

This regular Friday class will be taught by Kate Measham and Francesca Shakespeare. Both tutors will be teaching on the Taster Day. The remaining days will be shared between Francesca and Kate. A potential venue list will be issued.

Students will approach autumn and winter landscapes and other rural spaces. Wherever possible painting will be outside, undercover and wrapped-up if necessary. Work will continue in the studio if the weather is too tricky.

The en plain air work will be creating starting points for further development and experimentation in the warmth of the Studio at Bransbury, or home studio, during the winter months and if we have another lockdown. If we have to have a Studio day you will take the outdoor work and extend it. We would encourage you to bring other landscape work you may have done to reappraise it and to take it further.

The course isn’t based on any one particular media. You will be encouraged to experiment and discover ways to represent all that you see. This direct approach to landscape and green space may feel challenging at times, but invigorating and exciting too.

On the course you will look at expansive panoramas, and smaller, more intimate spaces. The grandeur of nature, and the human influence on landscapes will be explored. You will look at the preconceived romance of landscape, and how memory is involved in drawing, painting, and representing Nature.

The countryside, rivers, farms, woods and villages, within easy reach of the Studio at Bransbury, are wonderful places to explore through painting and drawing.


The materials needed for this course will vary from day to day. You will need to be warm and dry, probably have a smart phone and equipment you can carry easily. This might vary from person to person. A thermos looks like a sensible addition.

The venues will have ample parking so additional materials can live in cars if not needed. The tutor will send a suggested list of materials and the venue address on the Sunday before each class.

“To look at something as though we had never seen it before requires great courage.” 
― Henri Matisse


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