What is the course about?
This course is designed to inspire and enthuse learners by providing a broad knowledge of the skills and methods of drawing and painting at intermediate level. This one year accredited course leads to a level 2 certificate in Art and Design. It is the ideal step for learners who have completed a beginner’s course, such as the WAES Level 1 in drawing and painting, or other equivalent non accredited courses. This course is suitable for the enthusiast or for those who would like to develop a career in fine art, or creative design. You will learn through careful tuition and structured projects the creative and technical skills in a range of drawing and painting media. Over the course of one year you will build an individual portfolio of work, reflecting your artistic skills and personal direction. You will be guided in your progression whether it is in further study or working independently.
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?
Yes an interview is required for this course. A level 1 class or a beginners drawing and or painting class is the ideal preparation for this course , but not essential. We will accept students who have some basic experience of drawing and are keen to develop their skills in drawing and painting. Level 1 Literacy / English is a requirement of the course
What topics does the course cover?
You will learn about oil and acrylic painting, using a range of surfaces and techniques. You will be guided in drawing from a wide variety of subjects and styles and be supported in individual project development, visual research and sketchbook work. You will be informed and inspired by visits involving practicing artists, exhibitions and events.You will learn creative and technical skills in a range of Painting and Drawing at intermediate Level including the following: Techniques and methods in Oil and Acrylic Painting including colour mixing, mark making, layering, wet on wet application etc.; Knowledge of materials for Oil and acrylic painting, exploring the different qualities of the mediums, a range of brushes, tools and surfaces to paint on; Tuition in observational and expressive drawing including line, tone, mark making, and an introduction to simple perspective, still life and portrait work; Methods of visual research, and generating ideas including sketchbook work; Developing your awareness and skills in visual communication and self expression; Completing project work moving from drawing into painting; Safe studio practice and a range of drawing media and materials. You will also study the following to develop your understanding of professional context of Fine Art drawing and painting. The study of other artists in a contemporary and historical context. Guided visits to galleries, museums. Developing a individual artists portfolio.
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, gallery visits and work assignments group and interim exhibitions and professional practice talks.The course covers 5 Units that will be formally assessed against the criteria of the Level 2 certificate in Art and Design. The final assessment will take place in May but you will also be assessed throughout the year in mid- term reviews and end of 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, or pay museum/ gallery entry fee, tutors will inform you prior to the session. It is intended to keep this to a minimum and we will ensure that concessionary rates are obtained. Final term students may require specialist items, the cost of which is subject to available resources. 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?
Understand Visual Language in drawing and painting at intermediate level. Make artworks that demonstrate knowledge of skills, techniques and materials of drawing and painting. Develop your ideas though visual research and experimentation with drawing and painting processes. Demonstrate knowledge of the work of contemporary and historical artists. Build an individual portfolio and skills in the presentation of artworks
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
This course is the ideal preparation for the Level 3 Fine Art. Advanced Drawing and painting course, where you can develop your skills and creativity further and prepare for university or professional practice.