What is the course about?
This enjoyable and intensive course will introduce learners to the basic skills, materials and techniques of painting and drawing in an exciting and accessible way. It is ideal for beginners, or those who would like a refresher experience. This course also serves as an excellent introduction to the programme of accredited courses in the Visual Arts area, and a great starting point for personal creative development.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
No interview is required for this course. As this is a beginners' course you do not require any particular experience or qualifications. However once you are on the course you will be expected to start a sketchbook and complete some work independently. Work will be carefully structured for beginners and will include some drawing exercises and looking at the work of other artists using books, the internet or museums and galleries as reference. On the level 1 course you will be asked to complete very short written assignments of approximately 100-150 words.
What topics does the course cover?
The course consists of short units in drawing and painting. In the drawing unit you will be introduced to key concepts such as composition, tone, simple perspective, and mark making. You will be instructed in the use of a range of media, such as pencil, charcoal, ink, chalk and coloured pastels. You will engage in simple exercises that develop your skills and techniques in observation and expressive drawing. This will include cross hatching, shading, wash drawing, measuring proportions etc. You will work from a range of subject matter including still life, landscape and portraits. You will use primary sources, photographs and the work of other artists for inspiration. In the painting unit you be instructed in the use of use oil and acrylic paint, including techniques for application and under painting. You will be instructed in the safe use of solvents and mediums. You will study the painting styles of other artists, simple colour theory, and develop individual projects.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The teaching is structured to be informative and stimulating, steadily building the level of challenge as the course progresses. Teaching methods will include expert presentations and demonstrations, structured exercises, group and individual projects, 1 to 1 tutorials on personal projects, group discussions and group presentations.The 3 Units of this course will be formally assessed against the criteria of the Level 1 Award in Art and Design. The final assessment will take place at the end of the course but you will also be assessed in mid- term reviews and end of first term assessments where some of the units of the certificate will be completed. Throughout each assignment you will receive feedback from your tutor, both in relation to work you are doing in the studio and individual homework. This feedback is informal and it will be constructive, highlighting the strengths in your work and suggestions for improvement.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The cost of basic materials you will use on the course is covered by the course fee. If you are required to make small purchases for a particular session, tutors will inform you giving advice and guidance to you prior to the session. Practical help and support will be given in using materials and equipment safely and effectively in accordance with health and safety and studio policy.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
Make drawings using observational imaginative starting pointsExplore a range of drawing and painting media and techniquesDevelop paintings using your drawings and other visual material as referenceExpress you own ideas and feelings using different styles and approaches to painting Appreciate and respond creatively to works made by other artistsProduce a body of work and build your own personal portfolio.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
This course is the ideal preparation for the Level certificate, Drawing and Painting Course, where you can develop your skills and creativity more broadly. Alternatively you may wish to work in specialist practices on non accredited courses such as life drawing and painting, portraiture, perspective drawing, printmaking or abstract painting classes