Art and photography courses in adult learning

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 other people in your class using their creativity. Our tutors are experienced artists who are trained to teach adults, and we have the right kind of accommodation, either in our own centres or outside venues, to allow you the freedom to express yourself.

We are also developing a range of online courses in subjects where access to specialist facilities and equipment are not required, so that you can learn at home.

A small charge is included in the fee 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 sometimes other artists', work.

Your tutor will be able to advise you on progressing to other learning opportunities, and there are progression leaflets available giving details of useful websites and information on local providers offering qualifications.

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.

See our art history courses

Calligraphy

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.

See our calligraphy courses

Drawing and Painting

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.

See our drawing and painting courses

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.

See our watercolour painting courses

Portrait Drawing and Painting (with model)

Some previous experience of drawing and painting is useful in these classes, but not essential. Life models are unclothed. For more detailed information on individual courses please refer to / ask for a Course Description.

Life Drawing (with model)

Some previous experience of drawing and painting is useful in these classes, but not essential. Life models are unclothed; Portrait models are clothed. For more detailed information on individual courses please refer to / ask for a Course Description.

Life Drawing and Painting (with model)

Some previous experience of drawing and painting is useful in these classes, but not essential. Life models are unclothed; Portrait models are clothed. For more detailed information on individual courses please refer to / ask for a Course Description.

Portrait Drawing (with model)

Some previous experience of drawing and painting is useful in these classes, but not essential. Life models are unclothed; Portrait models are clothed. For more detailed information on individual courses please refer to / ask for a Course Description.

Portrait Painting (with model)

Some previous experience of drawing and painting is useful in these classes, but not essential. Life models are unclothed; Portrait models are clothed. For more detailed information on individual courses please refer to / ask for a Course Description.

See our life and portrait courses

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.

See our photography courses

Sculpture

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.

See our sculpture courses


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