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About Introduction to Art Techniques (VA07 Summer)

An introduction to the different art techniques and skills used in drawing and painting taught through personal projects to develop each individual student’s own style and approach.

What will you learn on this course?

This course provides an introduction to the different art techniques and materials used in drawing and painting. The aim of this course is to equip you with the skills required to develop your own individual artistic style and approach.

This course will cover the following materials:

  • Charcoal
  • Pastel
  • Inks
  • Acrylics
  • Mixed Media

And the specific painting techniques including:

  • Layering of paint
  • Composition
  • Colour mixing
  • Use of colour

You will learn these techniques by drawing and painting a range of subjects such as landscapes, abstracts, still life and portraits.

During the first half of the term, new techniques are taught through tutor demonstrations and whole-group projects set by the tutor followed by group discussion and feedback. As the course progresses and your skills develop there will be the opportunity to work on your own individual projects.

You will be encouraged to work independently with one-to-one support from the tutor. Guidance will be tailored to your level of experience to help you achieve your aims for your work.

In addition to practical drawing and painting techniques, the course focuses on creative skills, artistic knowledge, and self-confidence.

On completion of this course students will have produced several finished drawings and paintings, along with supporting drawings, paintings, photographs and research. You can expect to have gained new skills and confidence in art techniques and enjoyed working in a friendly, lively class of like-minded people.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who may be completely new to painting and drawing, or to anyone who would like to revisit basic techniques and refine their skills. No previous experience is required as full instruction is given.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

The drawing and painting studio is equipped with easels and drawing boards. Paper is provided and some basic art materials may be borrowed on the day, such as pencils, erasers, sharpeners, brushes and paint.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses, you may wish to bring your own additional art materials to work with, such as cartridge paper, drawing materials, acrylic paints, brushes and palettes. You may also want to bring your own sketchbook and a protective folder to store your work.

Who teaches this course?

Peter Tinkler

During the summer term, April 2025, this course may be affected by building work taking place at MAC. Participants will be notified in advance of any updates.

Dates and times

  • May – July 2025