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Sketching with watercolour and oil paints

Weekend-long practical course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 29 January 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 30 January 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

Tickets will be available to Friends of the RA at 11am on Wednesday 13 October and to the general public at 11am on Thursday 14 October.

Part of our

Late Constable

events programme
Go to exhibition page

John Constable RA, The opening of Waterloo Bridge (half-size sketch) (detail), c. 1829-31.

Oil on canvas. 61 cm x 99.1 cm. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven. Photo © Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven.

This exciting weekend-long practical watercolour and oil painting course, inspired by the Late Constable exhibition, will explore the concept of the ‘sketch’ in relation to compositional design.

“Painting is with me but another word for feeling.”John Constable RA

This course is inspired by the Late Constable exhibition and led by painter and expert tutor Andy Pankhurst. Over this exciting weekend participants will contextualise the concept of the painter’s ‘sketch’. Working directly from a professional posed model, set within a landscape scene created in our studio, you will work with both watercolour and oil paints to learn experimental brush and palette knife techniques.

Scenes created using props and staging have long been used by artists to paint from; from Thomas Gainsborough RA - of whose work Constable said “On looking at them, we have tears in our eyes, and know not what brings them” - to Dame Paula Rego RA. Participants will be directed in the techniques of painting from life within a landscape, inspired by Constable’s dynamic uses of paint.

Course tutor Andy Pankhurst, a graduate of the Slade School, is represented by and exhibits with the London gallery, Browse & Darby. A long-standing tutor on the RA’s Courses and Classes programme, Andy is also co-author of the book What Makes Great Art, published in 2012 by Apple Press.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 29 January 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 30 January 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£480. Includes all materials.

Tickets will be available to Friends of the RA at 11am on Wednesday 13 October and to the general public at 11am on Thursday 14 October.