by Michael Cruickshank in his studio at Bradness Gallery and on location in Sussex

Listed in the 'Top 10 art courses in the country' in BBC Countryfile Magazine

All courses have a maximum of 5 students to allow for plenty of individually targeted help and encouragement. Because of the way the classes are structured, we can accommodate people of all abilities, from absolute beginners to those who already have some painting experience.

1 Day Course - 135

Designed for: Complete beginners to those who have painted before and wish to re-kindle their desire to paint again and brush up on the basic techniques.

Michael will break down the essential elements of landscape painting into a series of exercises. Each of these will be demonstrated first and you will then have a go yourself. Topics covered will include stretching paper, picture construction, painting skies and clouds, how to create a sense of depth and distance using tone and colour, plus painting foliage and reflections in water.

2 Day Course - 270

Designed for: Complete beginners to those who have painted before and wish to re-kindle their desire to paint again and brush up on the basic techniques.

The 2 day course covers all topics in the 1 day course but allows more time to cover each subject. On the second day you will then consolidate all that you have learnt by painting your own picture from start to finish, revisiting and reinforcing what you have learnt and working on any aspects that you find difficult. You can bring your own sketches and photos to work from or Michael can provide you with inspiration.

3 Day Course - 395

Designed for: Those who have already attended either the 1 or 2 day course with us or already have some landscape painting experience.

Weather permitting, we will be painting out on location where you can choose your view and work in the medium of your choice. Michael will be there to give help and guidance every step of the way. If it is raining we will be studio based and you can work from your own reference material.

One to one mentoring sessions - 75 per hour

Invaluable for people who are 'stuck' in certain aspects of their painting journey and want help in moving forward. Coffee and cake provided.

Follow-up sessions - 75 per day (60 per day if you book 5 sessions in advance)

These sessions are designed for those who have already attended one of Michael's courses. You bring along your own packed lunch, art materials and project to work on. Michael will be on hand to help and guide you with your paintings in a friendly and supportive environment. Te, coffee and cake provided. Maximum of five people per session.

Dates for 2018 so far are as follows:

1 DAY COURSES - Sat 12th May - Tues 17th July - Sun 22nd July - Thurs 23rd August

2 DAY COURSES - Sat 7th and Sun 8th July - Wed 1st and Thurs 2nd August

3 DAY COURSES - Tues 14th to Thurs 16th August


Feb 10th, Mar 10th, Apr 7th, May 5th, June 9th, July 14th, Aug 11th, Oct 20th, Nov 10th.

These painting courses make a wonderful gift for someone who would love to learn to paint from scratch or wants to develop their skills in a helpful, friendly environment

This is what people have said about our courses:

"A wonderful day in a perfect setting. Michael is a great teacher with a lovely teaching style. All this with Emma's excellent cooking - I can't imagine what would improve the experience. Thank you!" C.O Surrey

"Michael's friendly and clear approach to his tutorials, together with the setting and ambiance elevated the whole day to a truly constructive and memorable experience" R.H Sussex

""I feel I have learnt so much from Michael. I have never used the techniques he showed us and really enjoyed his style of teaching with such a friendly, relaxed manner" R.S Surrey

Gift vouchers are available

Please email Emma Burnett ( or phone the gallery on 01273 400606 for full course details

Bradness Gallery
Spithurst, Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK

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