Bradness Gallery 

Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK.  Tel: 01273 400606


Landscape Painting Courses - 2019


Landscapes in watercolour -1 day course - £135 

Tuesday 23rd April 2019  

Saturday 27th April 2019  -  full

Thursday 11th July 2019  

Tuesday 6th August 2019

Tuesday 24th September 2019


Designed for complete beginners and 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 then 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

>  painting foliage and reflections in water


Landscapes in Watercolour - 2 day course - £270 


Wednesday and Thursday  24th and 25th April 2019  -  1 place left

Wednesday and Thursday  29th and 30th May 2019  -  full

Tuesday and Wednesday  9th and 10th July 2019  - 3 places

Wednesday and Thursday  7th and 8th August 2019    

Wednesday and Thursday  25th and 26th September 2019


Designed for complete beginners and 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 so that all you learn settles well in the brain!  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.

>  You should go home with a completed painting from this course.

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,

>  painting foliage and reflections in water.


One to one Mentoring Sessions  -  £75 per hour

Invaluable for people who are stuck with certain aspects in their painting journey to enable them to progress forward.  Coffee and cake included.

Follow-up Sessions - for those who have already attended a course


£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. Most importantly of all, we keep you supplied with tea, coffee and cake! Maximum of five people per session.


2019 dates:

Feb 27th

Mar 29th

May 31st

July 2nd

August 10th

Oct 1st

Oct 30th




General Course Information

For full course information and materials please click HERE


1,2 and 3 day courses

Classes have a maximum of 5 people.

Arrive at 9.30am for coffee before a 10am start.  Finish at 4.30pm.


1 and 2 day courses are suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to brush up on basic techniques.  We learn in watercolour as it is a good teaching medium.


3 day courses are suitable for those with some experience or who have attended a 1 or 2 day course.  You can paint in any medium and this is ideal for those who would like to get to grips with oil painting.


All courses include coffee, home made cake and delicious lunch with wine.  Special diets are catered for.  Plenty of free parking.


Follow up Sessions

These are only available to people who have already attended a course.

Students bring their own project, materials and lunch.  Coffee and cake are provided when at Bradness.


'En plein air' View in a Day sessions on location around Sussex

These run like the follow up sessions but will be out and about in Sussex where Michael regularly paints.  Please just get in touch and Mike will keep you informed.









A little film of our courses

Landscape painting courses and one day follow up sessions  with Michael Cruickshank

On the Downs copy aoh 2014m Above Glynde Painting above Glynde - mapping in the view Painting above Glynde - blocking in the tonal valu Mike Painting outdoors Glynde view

Learn how to paint skies and clouds and to create a sense of depth and distance

Creating a landscape painting outdoors on the 3 day courses ........



Set up your easel

Map in the view on a canvas or board that you have already put a softening background colour on

Start blocking in the tonal colours

Continue adding more detail working from the background towards the foreground 

Your picture can then be finished in the studio, or come back again.  Make notes in a sketchbook or use a dictaphone to remind you of the atmosphere and detail that you want to capture.

Monet used to work on a series of different paintings that each covered a different time of day

autumn reflectionsl

All the courses will cover how to create

reflections in water

Art studio Bradness Art Studio

The art studio at Bradness Gallery

Learn how to paint trees and foliage

First select your view

In this case, the dewpond above Glynde

Some photos from our painting courses.  

Click on one and then it will enlarge and you can scroll through.