Summer School // Painting in the Park

This one week painting course will explore the practice of drawing and painting in London’s green spaces. Painting outdoors presents many problems; the aim of this course is to equip students with the confidence and practical knowledge to go out and work in any environment that inspires them. We will consider the work of painters such as Seurat, Corot, Constable and Garstin all of whom have outstanding examples of small outdoor paintings in London museums and galleries as well as contemporary artists Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney, John Piper and Graham Sutherland. Students will work outside in one of the many parks near the Royal Drawing School Central studios on Oxford Street (Green Park, Regent's Park or Hyde Park). Students will be encouraged to respond to these places by making direct paintings on the spot. These can be developed back at the studio or seen as an end in themselves. The use of pocket sketchbooks will be encouraged to record observations and sensations which can also be used to work from. No experience is necessary and students are not limited to a particular medium. Dealing with unpredictable weather is one of the challenges of painting outside but the nearby studios will be our base and remain open throughout the week should the British weather prevail.

Unfortunately, we do not offer concessions on our Summer School courses.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.