Art and photography courses in adult learning

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When you join an arts class you will be amazed what you can achieve in a short period of time, and how much you can learn from seeing fellow learners using their creativity. Our tutors are experienced artists who are trained to teach adults and we have the facilities to enable you to express yourself.

A small charge is included in the fees to cover the cost of materials used by tutors for demonstrations. The cost of materials and equipment used by learners is not included in the fee unless stated - please enquire when enrolling. It is not advisable to purchase additional materials for a course until your enrolment is confirmed and the course is running.

Most of our centres have display areas with exhibition space for learners' and other artists' work.

Art history

Please see the General Studies section for History of Architecture and Antiques. Courses involve learners in contributing to discussion as well as looking at examples of works of art.

Enrol on a art history course


Learn the art of writing script to express the beauty of the written word. Tutors give advice and guidance every step of the way to encourage learners to perfect the skills learnt. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling.

Enrol on a calligraphy course

Digital Photography

All practical photography courses are for digital, not film cameras. In some classes there is access to a computer suite. Please enquire when enrolling.

Please see the Computing - Digital Imaging section for courses on how to manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Enrol on a photography course

Drawing and Painting/Mixed media

Our drawing and painting courses offer a broad creative experience in a variety of different media. Courses specifically titled "Painting" will involve some degree of drawing practise. We also offer sketchbook and illustration courses.

Enrol on a drawing and painting course

Acrylic Painting

Learn to distinguish the use of tone, colour, composition and perspective. Gain confidence in using materials, be encouraged to take part in group discussions and have access to one to one support.

Enrol on an acrylic painting course

Life and portrait drawing and painting

We provide a range of acrylic, life drawing, painting and portrait classes, depending on your interests.

Some previous experience of drawing and painting is useful in these classes, but not essential.

Where classes use a life model the model will be unclothed.

Classes include:

  • Life portrait drawing and painting - using life models
  • Acrylic painting - powerful portraits
  • Charcoal and chalk pastels - just drawing portraits

For more detailed information on individual courses:

Enrol on a life and portrait course

Oil painting

Learn about the use of tone, colour, composition and perspective and gain confidence in using painting mediums. You will also learn techniques such as glazing, impasto, scumbling and be encouraged to take part in group discussions.

Enrol on a oil painting course


Learn both traditional and modern sculpture techniques in a friendly, purposeful atmosphere. Some materials may be charged for separately. Please enquire when enrolling. In classes with a life model the model is unclothed.

Enrol on a sculpture course

Watercolour Painting

These popular courses explore the medium of watercolour through a variety of subjects, and in most cases will involve some degree of drawing practise.

Enrol on a watercolour painting course

Drawing and Illustration

Focusing mainly on the drawing aspect we will cover such principles as line, tone, proportion & perspective, using techniques like sketching, pencil drawing and full shading, pen and ink and cross-hatching.

Enrol on a drawing and illustration course

Next steps and continuing your learning

When you have completed your arts class you may wish to progress to other classes. Your tutor will be able to advise you on opportunities available.

There are also many other courses available from Surrey Adult Learning that may be of interest.

Take a look at our other courses and workshops

There are other providers you can contact to help build your knowledge and skills too.

Find out about other learning opportunities