The Human in the Landscape - Olivia Irvine

The Human in the Landscape......

22nd June 2020 - 26th April 2020

4 nights residential art workshop holiday

3 days tutorial with Olivia Irvine

Course Details  

During this workshop we will look at ways to show human presence in nature.  Working in sketchbooks we will gather a lot of information in the beautiful area in and around the farm. This will include landscape, machinery, architecture and maybe a figure or two – even footprints and shadows can show a human presence. The emphasis will be on contrast of shape and tone, creating dynamic compositions where the human presence forms just a part of the whole. Back in the studio we will translate this information into monoprints and collage. These will form the basis of some paintings, in oil or acrylic, that say something about our relationship to the landscape. 

Class Schedule - The workshop

Day 1  

Morning: Introduction, demonstration of thumbnail sketches, sketching outdoor around the farm.
Afternoon: Demonstration of monoprinting techniques. We will each create a range of monoprints with black ink based on our sketches but allowing ourselves to interpret them freely and add in our imagination. The figures will be seen as shapes rather than anatomically accurate portraits.

Day 2 

Morning: Sketching trip to Seahouses. We will further explore contrasts, composition and the human presence.
Afternoon: More monoprinting, but this time using colour. We will experiment with collage as a way of loosening up and finding interesting compositions.

Days 3

This is a studio day, but feel free to nip out to gather information around the farm if you need to. You can choose to continue with collage and monoprint or make  paintings in oil or acrylic based on the ideas you have been working on. 

This workshop includes

Monoprinting ink
Monoprinting plates (acetates)

Student supply list (more details will be provided upon registration)

A range of drawing materials such as charcoal, soft pencils, coloured pencils, eraser 
Glue stick
Oils, acrylics or oil bars in a range of colours
Boards or card to paint on
Cartridge paper

Acommodation - The Lookout

During your stay you will be in a private en-suite bedroom located within the space. You will be welcomed on arrival with a two course home cooked evening meal. Each afternoon you will have a choice of cake and biscuits, coffee and tea. Following on for this the course is based on self catering where you will have full use of the kitchen facilities within the accommodation.

We also have a variety of alternative accommodation ranging from camping to five start holiday properties, if you would like to upgrade or extend your stay please contact us direct to proceed with a booking


4 nights / 3 day Course

£575 Painter

Of course, non painter i.e. partner, friends or family members are welcome to join you during your experience with us. During their stay we would be happy for them to come join us for tea and cake on arrival 

£275 Non Painter

We take a £150 per person non refundable deposit when you book a art holiday and the final balance is due 6 weeks prior to you stay. Please see our terms and conditions for cancellation policies.

The Artist

I sketch a lot wherever I am. I love trees, people, beaches, gardens and buildings. I am very specific about how my drawing is pieced together in terms of design yet I am loose with my marks. My paintings are imaginative, made up of many sketches as well as memory and imagination. There is usually a person or two, and sometimes an animal, piece of furniture or picnic rug! I am particulrlry fascinated by colour. I do a lot of monoprints as a way of loosening up and working out compositions.

The Human in the Landscape
The Human in the Landscape
The Human in the Landscape
The Human in the Landscape
The Human in the Landscape
Olivia Irvine
22/06/2020 - 4 nights
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