Painting Highgate: Landscape painting inspired by the local surrounds

Led by local artist David Caldwell, the class will explore techniques and approaches to picture-making with Highgate as its subject. Tapping into the visual potential of local beauty spots within the historical Highgate Village, there will be opportunities to sketch en plein air and to gather resources for work within the classroom. Working as a group with a shared theme, students will be encouraged to express their own ideas within a supportive and encouraging environment. Various drawing and painting techniques will be covered, with students invited to work in their preferred medium. All levels welcome.


Tutor:                    David Caldwell

Time:                     Thursdays 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Dates:                   Sept 28 – Dec 7 (half term Oct 26)

Jan 11 – March 22 (half term Feb 15)

April 26 – June 14 (half term May 31)

Venue:                                 Gosling Room

Materials not included.

Recommended materials: Sketching equipment including: pencils and/or charcoal, rubber, sharpener, sketchbook or drawing board and paper.

Pastels and tinted paper might also be used.

Pai: Watercolour, Gouache, Acrylic or Water-mixable Oils.

Painting surface: thick paper, board or canvas.

Brushes large and small

Water jar with lid

Rags/towels for cleaning


Palette knife

Camera, ipad.

Optional items for working outdoors: folding stool, sunhat.

Note: Oil painting is permitted however cleaning of materials must be done at home. Only water based paints may be cleaned at the sinks. No turps or white spirit permitted. Zestit only may be used as a thinner for oils.