Thursdays 10.00am-4.00pm

Spring Term 9th January – 2nd April
Half term 20th February

This course will teach you how to paint in oils and how to accomplish finished paintings in the studio and outdoors when weather permits. It is particularly suitable for those who are excited by landscape and architecture whilst of course much of what is taught is universally applicable to any genre of painting.

Working with a successful and acclaimed artist brings huge benefits, David cuts right to the chase, he knows what works and where to spend the time.

You will:

  • Learn to paint in oils
  • Practice observational painting from still life and landscape
  • Benefit from the practical experience of a celebrated artist
  • Gain essential studio skills for painting from reference or life
  • Learn to paint quickly and effectively – ideal for landscape painting
  • Work out doors ‘en plein air’ when the weather is agreeable
David Sawyer is a much celebrated landscape artist with a no-nonsense approach.

David Sawyer has been working as a fine artist since he left Canterbury College of Art in the eighties. During that time he’s won many awards and gained plenty of attention. His work often includes architectural motifs which he renders seemingly effortlessly in his impressionistic style. More recently he has been teaching and students appreciate his uncomplicated and direct method and the generous way in which he shares his knowledge. As a seasoned professional he knows every angle of painting and most importantly he knows where to expend his time and energy in order to get his image.

His teaching style is gentle and patient. For beginners he will set them clear tasks with a progressive step by step approach. For the more experienced artist he will allow you to get on and then when the direction is clear discuss your work with you and support you in your objectives. It’s these quiet chats with an expert that can make all the difference.

Working from a video of a landscape to gain the skills for plein air painting

We will work mostly in oils and David will cover technical areas like preparing canvases, choice of mediums, supports and all the practicalities of oil painting.  With individual support he will demonstrate and guide us through our paintings covering areas like composition and use of colour.

David Sawyer – Tooting Snappers

This course is for mixed ability students, David will work with you personally from where you find yourself and as such will be valuable for accomplished painters and beginners alike.

There will be some outlay on equipment so if you are a beginner either talk to David first or hold off buying your equipment until after the first week, we can lend you equipment for the first session.

What students say about David’s course:

“David is an excellent teacher: sensitive, perceptive, detailed, always ready to comment on your personal methods and results rather than expecting you to adopt his way of seeing and painting.”

Course fees

12 weeks day class : £600
6 weeks day class: £350

Registration & Payment

You can secure your place on the course by completing the booking process below and paying the £50 deposit.