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The Land – Past and Present

24th - 28th October 2021

Tutor: David Tress


David Tress has long been fascinated by the way that past and present come

together in the landscapes that we see, and how this may be reflected in the

paintings that we make. This theme will also be picked up in poems read

during the course.


In this five day painting course David Tress will explore the theme of ‘The

Land – Past and Present’, and look at the building blocks which underlie

representational landscape painting – light, space/perspective, tone, colour,

composition – and will also consider the ways in which an expressive or

emotional response to landscape might be explored.


There will be a balance between describing and demonstrating the various

painters’ ‘tools’ which allow the making of strong representational paintings

and vigorous compositions, and an exploration of risk taking and ‘gut

response’ in making landscape paintings which allow and encourage a more

expressive approach to the subject.


Each day will include demonstrations and studio work, and sketching and

drawing in the powerful landscape of the North West Highlands. Tuition will be

both as a group, with demonstrations and discussions, and individually.

Demonstrations will be in acrylic, some of them using mixed media and



We hope as always for good weather when out drawing – but please bring

along some stout shoes or boots and waterproof clothing just in case!


  • Non-residential Painter Price: £755 Deposit: £150

How to book

If you would like to book one of our courses you can view and download the booking form below.  Please print and complete the form, then post it with a cheque for your deposit to:

North West Highlands Art
Ross-shire, IV54 8XB

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Alternatively you can call us on 01520 733227 or email info@nwhart.co.uk to arrange a BACS transfer.

Bookings will be confirmed upon receipt of completed booking form and deposit.

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