Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 08 August 2021
  • to Friday, 13 August

    This course is part of our Emerson Summer School Programme.  To find out more about the programme including the programme overview, teachers and course times, please on the Summer School Programme link below:


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SUMMER SCHOOL: The Beauty Of Nature Reappears - Part 1

SUMMER SCHOOL: The Beauty Of Nature Reappears - Part 1

Learn how to sketch the landscape with Martin Gutjahr.

'Through Me, The Beauty Of Nature Reappears In My Artwork'

We will open our eyes and senses to the beauty of the Sussex landscape around Emerson College. There is much to discover: the landscape in its large scale where heaven and earth meet, where light and air create atmosphere, where trees and plants and clouds catch our eyes.

Using graphite pencils, charcoal and coloured pencils, we will learn how to sketch the landscape and modulate our scene by light and dark tones to create a feeling of space corresponding to what we observe. We will also pay attention to details and bring them into three-dimensional appearance on our paper. The play of light, shadow and darkness can create a world of expressionism, in which our soul can find reflection.

We will begin with an introduction to the use of the materials, followed by understanding the different perspectives which are present when observing the landscape. Then we learn to integrate the elements and characteristics of the scene into the entirety of our works of art. The more skilful we become, the more playfully we can work, and the more our creativity can flow.

Martin will be running two one-week art courses on  landscape drawing and painting for our Summer School Programme.  The two courses complement each other, and can be taken separately or together.