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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 begin to develop your own individual artistic style and approach. You will learn to use the following materials:





Mixed media

and specific painting techniques including:

layering of paint


colour mixing

use of colour

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

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 to 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 usually 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 anyone who would like to revisit basic techniques. You don’t need any previous experience as full instruction is given. 

The course is accessible for people with disabilities as the room is wheelchair accessible and a support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

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

You may wish to bring additional art materials to work with.

MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Are there any additional costs?

As the course progresses students should expect to provide some of their own art materials that they bring to the class at their own cost. This would typically include cartridge paper, drawing materials, acrylic paints, brushes and palettes.

Who teaches this course?

Peter Tinkler

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Dates & Times

    Introduction to Art Techniques (VA07 Spring)