Painting the River with John Myers 17 – 21 July 2017 (Mon-Fri)

Discover the joys of painting the river “en plein air” on this one week intensive summer school with the celebrated artist John Myers ENSBA MFA

Monday to Friday 17-21 July, 10.30am to 2.30pm 

Limited to 10 students only. Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Fee £300 early bird £275

Early bird offer ends 10 March 2017


Painting the River with John Myers 2016


For the 3rd year running join us on the highly demanded course drawing and painting the ever-changing scenery of the iconic River Thames with the London city as the backdrop. Situating ourselves on the peaceful side of the river, take in life on the water and streets alongside the river in the changing light of the day; each day is never the same and your appreciation of this wonderful river will be unforgettable.


Choose the medium of your choice. We will provide you with an easel, stool and boards, and you can buy a materials pack with everything you need in the medium of your choice directly from us or if you prefer can come along with your own materials.

“The tradition of landscape painting is as alive as ever, and is one the best ways, not only to learn the basics, but to develop a pictorial language of your own. And what could be a better place to set up one’s easel and confront the great outdoors, than along the Thames” John Myers 2015 at The Essential School of Painting

This plein air course will take place along the river starting at King’s Stairs Gardens where there is huge choice of outstanding views.

Much emphasis will be placed on the handling of the paint and seeing the forms in relation to the spatial content of the painting. The student will learn to freely and decisively structure directly with paint, often with large directional brush strokes in an effort to capture the ever changing light, the movement in the sky and the shadows on the landscape. Students will be provided with individual tutoring on the spot, and there will be a group “crit” at the end of each session, enabling each one to develop his or her individual painting insight. Much importance will be given to such pictorial qualities as movement, structure, luminosity, and spacial tension. All the technical difficulties of working with Oil, Acrylic and  Watercolour will be addressed.