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Urban Landscape Painting

Urban Landscape Painting

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Atul Vohora


Urban Landscape Painting short course will develop your plein air painting skills as you successfully take your painting practice out into the city – painting rivers, buildings and streets in this 2 day course.

Discover the hidden world of London’s riverside and the mesmeric beauty of light on water. We will take advantage of Chelsea College of Arts’ central location and set up easels along the Thames Riverbank, where you will have spectacular views of London’s skyline including buildings such as Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the London Eye, Battersea Power Station and MI6. 

By responding directly to the dramatic scale and space of the contemporary urban environment, you will learn how to paint quickly and flexibly and explore the spontaneous creativity that comes out of not having to plan a painting meticulously.

Topics Covered

  • Observation
  • Perspective
  • Composition
  • Colour
  • Time of day
  • Water
  • Skies
  • Urban subjects
  • People in landscapes
  • Trees

Course Outcomes
By the end of this urban landscape painting course, you will have developed confidence in your outdoor painting techniques and learned new plain air painting skills, which you can use in your future artistic practice.

Who Should Attend
This course is suitable for students with previous experience in painting who wish to develop their outdoor painting skills further as well as beginners looking for guidance on painting landscapes.

Course Level
All Levels Welcome

Tutor Description

Atul Vohora is a painter who lives and works in London. He is deeply committed to Drawing and his paintings, both joyful and questioning, demonstrate a deep and passionate understating of image making. He teaches alongside his practice and his work is held in collections nationally and internationally. He has written for the Guardian and the observer and his book on painting was published in 2012:


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:
  • Drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, erasers, masking tape, clips etc...)
  • A sketch book (A3 or A4)
  • Painting equipment –as a  guide we recommend the following if working in oils:-37ml oil paint tubes including: -Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow & Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red , Alizarin Crimson, ,Dioxine Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue Viridian Green.
  • A selection of hog hair brushes
  • 2 jam jars with lids
  • A small bottle of solvent: e.g. zest it or sansodor (please be advised we do not allow the use of turpentine)
  • A small bottle of refined linseed oil
  • Small canvases or canvas boards.
  • A palette
  • A palette knife
  • Rags to clean your brushes with.
  • A camping stool (should you wish to sit down whilst painting)
  • Waterproof clothing in the event of a sudden change in the weather

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates