Drawing & Painting - Beginners & Improvers

Course intent

In this class you will learn a range of techniques and methods of drawing and painting and gain confidence through the use of sketchbooks, photographs, found images and direct observation. There is the opportunity to use acrylics and/or watercolour. Enjoy the well-being benefits gained through working in a friendly, creative learning environment

What will we cover?

You will learn about colour, composition, line, tone and texture through both drawing and painting in watercolour or acrylics or both, the choice is yours. You will begin to gain confidence in both drawing and painting by using various drawing materials and watercolour and/or acrylic painting materials. In addition, you will be encouraged to take part in group discussions, and you will have access to one to one support. The overall aim of the course is to help you to develop personal expression through a mixture of practice, discussion and demonstration techniques.

This course will build on past learning, week by week, to develop new skills. Please attend every lesson, where possible, to maximise your progress

Who is this course for? Is there anything I need to know before joining?

For both beginners and those with some experience of painting (1 term or more) wishing to develop their skills further.

As our courses are taught in English, please contact us if you have any concerns about your level of English

What do I need to bring to the first class? Will there be any extra costs?

Please bring a set of pencils of various grades (e.g. HB, 2B, 4B, 6B…) a sketchbook of A4 cartridge paper, a waterproof artists ink pen, a soft rubber and sharpener for the first session and beyond. Also, for future sessions - *a set of watercolour and/or acrylic paints (* If you do not have these - for new starters the tutor can recommend/discuss which ones you will need during the first few sessions), a book of watercolour and/or acrylic paper and paint brushes suitable for your chosen media.

Learners are expected to bring their own materials and the materials and resources you will need throughout the course will be discussed at induction. Some less common or unusual materials may be brought by the tutor.

We recommendation/suggestion is for you to wear older type clothing or a protective garment particularly if using acrylics as acrylic paint, if left to dry, is plastic based and waterproof so it does not easily come off clothing.

What can I do when I finish the course?

To progress on to other longer courses in watercolour, acrylics or other media, to join art groups, societies or to develop further within the same class, to meet people with similar interests and to make friends

Additional information

We welcome learners with additional needs and disabilities. When you enrol please let us know if you would like to discuss your extra support needs with a member of the Supported Learning Team who will then contact you as soon as possible. If you are enrolling within 10 days of the course start date, we may not be able to contact you before your first class. Surrey Adult Learning values and supports equality and diversity by promoting fairness and respect at all times

How to enrol

You can't currently enrol online for this course, so please call 0300 200 1044 to express your interest or to make an enquiry for further information.

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  • Day: Monday
  • Start date: 9 Jan 2023
  • Time: 10:30am to 1pm
  • Cost: £221
  • Location: Guildford centre
  • Sessions: 11 sessions
  • Tutor: Amanda Buchan
  • Course code: QHDS1122GA
  • Places: Call 0300 200 1044