Landscape Painting Now : watercolours with Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury

21 Feb - 28 Mar

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Course : £105

Class details

In this new 6-week term we take ideas and inspiration from a fantastic recent publication of contemporary painters re-imagining what it is to paint the landscape today called ‘Landscape Painting Now’. It features over 400 glorious reproductions by 80 acclaimed international artists and coincides with 2 exciting exhibitions that are ‘must sees’ if you have a spare afternoon and a railcard.


10am – 12.30pm

21 February – 28 March

Course Fee : £105

Limited to 12 artists

We will start with the chalk wood and water of Sussex and then spread our wings out across the globe.

Course Outline

21 February : John Piper

Exploring the mixed media techniques of John Piper and his fellow romantics

28 February : Mamma Andersson

Looking how to create the dreamy realities of the Swedish artist, Mamma Andersson.

7 March : Peter Doig

This week we take inspiration from Peter Doig’s magic realism

14 March : Etal Adnan

We learn how to mix the cheerful pared back colours of Lebanese American artist Etel Adnan

21 March : Francis Alys

Learn how to create poetic narratives by placing figures in the landscape. Belgian artist Francis Alys

28 March : John Beerman

We’ll focus on developing an eye for compositional structures and complementary colours with American painter John Beerman


Each week we provide support notes for you to keep. We send them to you before the class so you can bring the right equipment. Don’t worry, we also give you a hard copy for the session. We also share any links of video clips that Gail shows in class so you can refer to them again.

You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the watercolour studio, but you’ll get more from it if you have some experience in painting with watercolours. We limit our class sizes which means that you not only benefit from personal tuition, but also enjoy peer support. So, why not join us as we explore landscape painting now?

If you have time, we urge you to visit two excellent exhibitions


We supply the following equipment and materials

  • Watercolour Paper for the preliminary class and colour mixing exercises
  • Palette
  • Water Jars
  • Kitchen Paper
  • Cotton Buds
  • Sponges

You will need to bring:

  • Watercolour paints
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper for the final class painting
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • Your Apron


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 21 Feb - 28 Mar
Tuesday 10:00 am
Fees: Course : £105

About the tutor

Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has recently gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries 2014. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail makes series of paintings and watercolours in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. Her work starts with her immediate surroundings, taking photos, sketching and amassing a picture library to draw reference from. She then plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears. 

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