Working outdoors in the natural environment, students will learn about colour-mixing and how to document colour in the landscape. To begin, the group will undertake a series of preparatory exercises - recording sequences of colours combined with textures and making a series of abstract drawings (combined with short body-awareness meditations) based on rhythm of the breath. Using these mark-making techniques and initial studies, and experimenting with less familiar painting media such as egg tempera and beeswax, students will learn about ways to build a painting in layers. The course will introduce students to ways of using an abstract visual language which still incorporates a personal response to the natural landscape. Students will finish the week having completed one or two mixed-media layered paintings, plus a series of preparatory studies on paper.