Inspired by the Masters: Painting the sky

Subject: Painting
Dates: 3 April 2020 - 4 April 2020
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: Dumfries House
Tutor: Radu Leon
Full price
£ 175

How did Western artists, contemplating the sky, express what they saw? This practical two-day course explores ways of depicting celestial phenomena and atmospheric effects. In particular, the methods developed during and after the Renaissance.

Led by artist Radu Leon, students will sketch from nature and draw from inspiring examples of painted skies in the collection at Dumfries House.

Students will use traditional tools and methods used in masterful representations of skies: serene or clouded, starry or radiant. Media include pen and ink, gouache, and pastels.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome. Please note that weather permitting, we shall spend some time sketching out of doors so students should be prepared to carry their own kit.

What should I bring?

Students are asked to bring their own:

  • 1 x Faber Castell pitt-pastel pencil, red
  • 1 x Faber Castell pitt-pastel pencil, white (medium not soft)
  • 1 x Koh-i-noor Gioconda black charcoal pencil
  • 1 x set round sable brushes in various sizes, ie. the Cornelissen sketcher's set
  • portable brush cleaning cup , lantern pot or small jam jar
  • portable easel
  • drawing board, A4 or A3 with clips
  • comfortable clothing for time outside such as a light raincoat, layers of clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and so on.

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Saturday - Sunday

Date & Time Location
Saturday 4 April, 10:00 - 16:30 Dumfries House, Scotland
Sunday 5 April, 10:00 - 16:30 Dumfries House, Scotland

Where will the course take place?

The course will take place on the grounds of Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Your classroom for the workshop will be the Pierburg Kaufman Education Building.

Please click here for advice on travelling to the Estate.

If you require accommodation, rooms are available onsite at the Dumfries House Lodge, subject to availability. Please note that accommodation is not included in the fee for this course.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

Tutor biography

Radu Leon

Radu Leon, PhD, earned his doctorate in History of Art in Venice in 2018. He teaches and lectures internationally in early modern and modern Western European art and the history of art education, with a focus on making. His works were exhibited in the Pastel Society UK and French Pastel Society shows, as well as The Osborne Studio Gallery. He supports the Marie Curie Cancer Care Private Views of the Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts.

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