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Learn basic skills such as drawing and colour mixing and explore ways of recording through observation and imagination.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will explore the basic skills of drawing and painting through an investigation of how we see our environment and how we choose to represent it. You will learn to use a range of art materials and a variety of techniques required to capture what you see on paper. This course should equip you with the skills required to begin to develop your own individual artistic style and approach. The course covers:

Observational Drawing

  • Charcoal
  • Pencil
  • Pastel

Observational Painting

  • Inks
  • Acrylics
  • Watercolour
  • Mixed media

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, still life, portraits and abstracts. This course is also about learning to look, how we see our environment and seeing the qualities we want to represent visually. You will explore ways of recording what you see through observation and imagination.

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 all levels from beginners who may be completely new to drawing and painting or anyone who would like to improve their observational drawing and painting skills. 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.

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, masking tape, acrylic paints, brushes and palettes.

Who teaches this course?

Louise Blakeway

Dates of courseTimes
Mon 6 Jan4.30-6.30pm
Mon 13 Jan4.30-6.30pm
Mon 20 Jan4.30-6.30pm
Mon 27 Jan4.30-6.30pm
Mon 3 Feb4.30-6.30pm
Mon 10 Feb4.30-6.30pm
Mon 24 Feb4.30-6.30pm
Mon 9 Mar4.30-6.30pm
Mon 16 Mar4.30-6.30pm
Mon 23 Mar4.30-6.30pm
Mon 30 Mar4.30-6.30pm
Mon 6 Apr4.30-6.30pm