Painting the Summer Garden

Painting the Summer Garden – Adventures in Plein-Air Painting

This workshop will explore ‘en-plein-air’ (painting outside) techniques to capture the light and atmosphere in the grounds of Winterbourne House and Garden, in a loose and impressionist style.  With RBSA artist Wayne Attwood.

All abilities and painting media applicable.

Pre-booking is essential.  Tickets cost £45 or £40 for Winterbourne Members and can be purchased using the Book Now button on this page or in the Winterbourne shop.

Materials and equipment:

  • Your preferred painting media, such as Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour or Gouache,
  • Surface to paint on for at least three paintings,
  • Brushes,
  • Palette for mixing colour,
  • Water pot (for Watercolour and Acrylic),
  • Solvent and Sealable containers/jars (for Oil painters) – White Spirit recommended,
  • Rags or paper towels,
  • General small sketchbook with basic drawing media, such as 2B Graphite Pencils (esp. Watercolourists) and charcoal,
  • Masking tape,
  • Portable easel (if possible, especially for  Oil and Acrylic painters),
  • If you will not be comfortable standing or sitting on the floor to work, or cannot do so for health reasons, it is recommended that you bring a portable, fold-up camping stool or chair,
  • See below for more details, and you are welcome to bring any other painting equipment you wish to use or try out, although please remember that everything has to be portable.

As we are hoping to work at locations in the garden, it is advisable that participants consider work clothing for outdoor painting, suitable for the weather conditions on the day and that you don’t mind getting paint on.

“Wayne is a superb tutor and the gardens offer a wonderful choice of subjects for the artist” – participant at sketching workshop in 2017.

Our courses are suitable for 18 years or above.  If you have any questions, please contact us using the Ask a Question button on this page.

Materials and equipment (detailed):

  • Your preferred painting media, such as Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour or Gouache.  Recommended colour list: Cerulean or Phthalo Blue; French Ultramarine; Permanent Rose/Magenta or Alizarin Crimson; Burnt Sienna; Yellow Ochre (Oil & Acrylic) or Raw Sienna (Watercolour); Cadmium Yellow.  For Oil, Acrylic and Gouache painters: Titanium White.
  • Surface to paint on for at least three paintings.  Recommended for Oil or Acrylic: canvas boards either 12″x10″, 16″x12″ or 18″x14″; Recommended for Watercolour: Watercolour paper at least 300gsm, no larger than A2 or ‘half sheet’ – can be in sheet form (pre-stretched block pads work best) or a Watercolour sketchbook.
  • Brushes.  Oil and Acrylic brushes: Square Flats in sizes 12, 6 and 4.  Watercolour brushes: Sharp-pointed round at least size 8 (we suggest sable or synthetic with a good, sharp point); Wash brush such as  a mop; Square flat ‘one-stroke’ at least half-inch or larger.
  • Palette for mixing colour
  • Water pot (for Watercolour and Acrylic)
  • Solvent and Sealable containers/jars (for Oil painters).  We recommend White Spirit for Plein-air work.  Alternatively Sansodor or Zest-it, but NO Turpentine.
  • Rags or paper towels
  • General small sketchbook with basic drawing media, such as 2B Graphite Pencils (esp. Watercolourists) and charcoal
  • Masking tape
  • It is advisable to bring a portable easel if possible, particularly for Oil and Acrylic painters.  A ‘pochade’ box, preferably mounted on a tripod, is ideal if you happen to have access to one.
  • If you will not be comfortable standing or sitting on the floor to work, or cannot do so for health reasons, it is recommended that you bring a portable, fold-up camping stool or chair.
  • You are welcome to bring any other painting equipment you wish to use or try out, although please remember that everything has to be portable as we will be moving around locations.