Light and the Landscape

39 TUTOR: Stuart Roper (Dip Art and Design)

If you have previously enjoyed some landscape painting but are looking to develop your unique style, this course is designed for you. David Hockney is always telling us to look for the colours in nature, but sometimes it's hard to see past the greens and browns of the English countryside. Working from your own photographic images, your tutor will help you develop your unique personal style by referencing the work of various schools of artists, including impressionism and the Scottish colourists. Your tutor will discuss how he achieves the colours and effects in his own work, examples of which will be brought into the studio for in-depth analysis.

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Course Notes


Using images brought in by the students the aim of this course is to bring out a unique style in each student. As each individual works at different speeds the course will enable them to work on as many or as few pieces as they wish.


Starting with a demonstration encourage the student to consider the composition of a piece by creating an abstract basis for their painting.

Looking at tonal relationships that will be carried on into the final piece.


Understanding the colour pallet of their chosen subject and encouraging the student to look for the less obvious colours, referencing the work of other artists.


Mark making, taking time to consider the kind of marks they are making and exploring various options including glazing, different types of brushes and the various qualities of acrylic paint. This can be done on a piece they are working on or as a work out sheet.


Thinking about putting unexpected colours together, initially on a workout sheet or (given the speed that acrylics dry) on a piece the student is working on.


An opportunity to either complete an earlier piece, of produce a new one based on the lessons learned throughout the week.



Course Tutor

Stuart Roper

Stuart Roper

Dip Art and Design

About Stuart

Born in England and brought up in Scotland, Stuart studied design and illustration in Aberdeen, he is now based in the Welsh Marches. He works in a variety of media including watercolour, gouache, acrylics and oils.

His paintings show the influence of the Scottish Colourists, yet he has a deep affinity with the English landscape. Since moving to the Welsh Marches in early 2018 his new work reflects his response to the beauty of the Welsh countryside.

With work exhibited in a number of galleries throughout the UK and with paintings in many private collections, he has a growing reputation that has attracted the attention of fine art buyers across the globe. Magdalen College, Oxford have purchased two pieces of his work for the their extensive collection of artwork.

Stuart is a regular tutor at the White horse bookshop in Marlborough and is often engaged to run workshops and to give demonstrations at art societies across England and Wales.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM