Drawing the Sydney Landscape in Pencil, Pen and Ink Wash | WEA Sydney

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Learn how pen and ink wash have played a pivotal role for landscape artists, as a highly useful drawing medium for capturing the ephemeral forms of nature, and in order to describe the atmospheric effects of light in relation to aerial perspective. On a fortnightly basis, we will examine artists who were Masters at evoking nature in the landscape, with pen and ink wash. These include Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin (among others) whom we will study. Then, having gained some proficiency at applying their economic use of the pen and ink wash mediums, we will aim to appropriate our new knowledge of those skills outdoors, to locations around the inner Sydney area.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Drawing the landscape in black chalk pencil and pen and ink
  • Drawing the landscape in black chalk and ink wash
  • Drawing the landscape in black chalk, pen and ink and ink wash


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Visually analyse and deconstruct an Old Master landscape drawing, in order to apply the skills observed to a drawing practice.
  2. Apply pen and ink lines to effectively describe close, distant and ephemeral forms within the landscape.
  3. Gain an ability to employ ink washes to describe tonality and atmosphere, both as observed in an Old Master drawing and then within the landscape.
  4. Gain a knowledge of composition and the role of both linear forms and masses of light and shade, as essential contributors to its harmony.


  • Hard oil based black chalk pencil – e.g. Faber Castel
  • Kneadable eraser and stanley knife
  • A2 portable sketch book – either watercolour paper or designed to take water mediums
  • 2x size 6 and 8 pointed round watercolour brushes
  • Indian ink
  • Dip pen holder
  • Nib Brause 361b

IMPORTANT: Please arrive to the first class with all the relevant materials. A lack of materials is not just a handicap to you but to the ability to teach. Materials cost is not included in a course fee. In the event of a course being cancelled WEA cannot be held responsible for the purchase of any course materials. We therefore suggest you purchase your materials closer to the time of the course commencing.


The following stockists below are examples of places you can buy art materials from:

  • Art on King: 199-201 King Street, Newtown. Ph: 9516 2342
  • Eckersley's Art and Craft Store: 93 York Street, Sydney. Ph: 9299 4151. Also located in various locations throughout Greater Sydney.
  • Parkers Art Supplies: 3 Cambridge Street, The Rocks. Ph: 9247 9979
  • The Art Scene: 914 Victoria Road, West Ryde. Ph: 9807 6900
  • The Sydney Art Store: 11 Salisbury Street, Botany. Ph: 9699 2162

You can also purchase materials from places such as Dymocks, Officeworks, Spotlight, Lincraft or online art suppliers such as Art Shed Online.

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