Course Code SC2204055
Tutor Julia Hawkins ROI NEAC
Course Dates Monday - Friday, 14th - 18th August 2023
Days 5
Times 10.00am – 5.00pm
Experience Level Ages 18+, Advanced
Fee £350
Location Art Academy London, 165A Mermaid Court, SE1 1HR

This exciting course ventures outside to explore the possibilities of plein-air landscape painting. With our London Bridge studio as a base, we will make use of the historically fascinating and energetic surroundings to create dynamic urban landscapes, considering movement, detail and narrative potential. Visiting some of London’s green spaces, we will develop an understanding of colour and atmosphere, working towards vibrant paintings that capture the time of day and the weather. Looking at different historical and contemporary artists, students will also have the chance to consider alternative ways of thinking about the genre of “landscape painting”. This course is suitable for all levels, and will build confidence both in fundamental skills of painting such as understanding tone, colour mixing, composition and mark making, as well as the practicalities of setting yourself up to paint outside.

This course is suitable for students at our Advanced level.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

Other course levels include:

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

You will be able to to reserve and borrow a portable easel for each day of the course for a deposit of £10.

We are not be providing any other materials for the course. You will have to bring your own painting materials as well as a sketchbook.

Here is a list of materials prepared by Julia Hawkins:

Landscape Painting Materials List

If you would like to purchase one of the Art Academy oil painting pack, please visit our materials link

Julia Hawkins ROI NEAC

Julia Hawkins is an award-winning contemporary figurative artist based in Surrey and her portraits and landscapes reveal an experienced painter and colourist, who tries to capture the essence of her subject.

Julia is an elected Member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters  (2020) and she is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries in London with the ROI and other groups such as the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, New English Art Club. Her work was also selected for the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize exhibitions.

Mermaid Court

165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR
tel: +44 (0) 207407 6969

Nearest Tube/ Rail: London Bridge or Borough (both a 5 minute walk).

Please note that London Bridge has two exits, the most direct route is to follow signs to “Borough High Street”.

You are welcome to use our Common Room/ The Barn during break times, where you can prepare hot drinks and/or food.

Students will also be able to use the coffee machine, where free hot water, and paid-for hot drinks are available.

Students are encouraged to bring their own reusable mugs and water bottles where possible.

  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • If you purchased a pack online this will be given to you on the first session of your course upon your arrival. Packs can be purchased on our Materials Page or on the individual course page when you make your booking.
  • Please don’t wear your best clothes as there is always a chance you will get messy. If possible bring an apron or overalls.
  • All artwork MUST be taken home at the end of the course or it will be disposed of. Paintings that need to dry should be collected within a week. For clay sculptures that need hollowing and firing, you will receive a separate email when they can be collected.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is switched off or is on silent during the class.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines will be provided to you at the beginning of your class.
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Image/ Julia Hawkins

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