Drawing & Painting - Oil & Acrylic Painting - All Abilities

Course intent

Whether you are a beginner or already have some experience of painting and drawing, you will learn the knowledge and skills needed to develop and expand your range of techniques. According to your level, you will develop drawing, painting and design skills, gaining a deeper understanding of the range of techniques and processes. Enjoy the well-being benefits gained through working in a friendly, creative learning environment.

What will we cover?

Oil Painting techniques

Acrylic Painting techniques

The use of materials and tools

the use of a sketchbook,

the use of photographs and found images in developing an image,

Direct observation


Tonal values


Learners will have access to one-to-one support. The tutor will introduce learners to the work of other artists and suggest exhibitions that might be of interest.

This course will build on past learning, week by week, to develop new abilities. We hope you will, where possible, attend every lesson to maximise your progress.

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

Those with some experience of painting would be helpful but not essential. This course is useful for those who need a refresher as well as those who are just starting out.

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?

Bring whatever Oil and/or Acrylic painting materials you may already have purchased or

a graphite stick for the first session.

a pad of A3 cartridge paper

Soft grade of pencils (4B or 6B)

soft rubber

An apron will be useful to protect clothing

Materials and resources you will need through the course will be discussed at induction.

If you have any queries, please email the tutor Cedric Day at adultlearning@surreycc.gov.uk

There are no extra costs on this course

Pregnant learners are recommended to use water-based oils and walnut oil instead of solvents.

What can I do when I finish the course?

In discussion with your tutor you may like to progress onto further life drawing, drawing, painting, and sculpture and illustration classes or if you wish to put a portfolio together for entrance to an art college then this is a distinct advantage. Meet new people and make friends then visit galleries together. You may find it helpful to enrol on art history lectures.

Additional information

Learners are expected to bring their own materials Some less common or unusual materials may be brought in by tutor or instruction given on where you can purchase items.

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: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Cost: £179
  • Location: Farnham centre
  • Sessions: 11 sessions
  • Tutor: Cedric Day
  • Course code: QFES1090GA
  • Places: Call 0300 200 1044