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Painting Now

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
  • Start Date(s): New dates will be announced soon
  • Duration: Saturdays 10 am - 12.30 pm, ten weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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This course is the ideal opportunity to explore traditional and modern approaches to painting in watercolour, gouache, acrylic and ink.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to experiment with a range of techniques using each of these mediums.

The course is aimed at the adventurous beginner and those with more experience as it will build on the basics of painting: the qualities of paint, how to use paint in an effective way and how to plan and create original compositions in your own style.

On this course, you’ll be encouraged to create a range of work that explores both the medium of paint and your own painting style.

Throughout the course there’ll be a range of practical activities and inspiring projects for you to engage with, supported by demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques.

You’ll study how to effectively use different applications including impasto, sgraffito, dry-brushing, wet-on-wet, mark making and texture gels.

  • You’ll be part of a design community in our creative studio culture; one that promotes discussion and collaboration, and encourages experimentation and the constant swapping of ideas.
  • With a limited class size you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your designs at home or work.
  • Benefit from learning with an experienced tutor who has established links to the profession and significant experience working in varied practices.
  • On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance.

What you’ll study

During the course you will:

  • identify traditional and modern painting techniques
  • complete painting exercises and understand colour theory
  • research your own subject matter that interests you
  • learn how to select the best materials to use, including supports and primers
  • improve your brush and tool techniques
  • develop an individual painting project.

How you’re taught

You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find bright painting studios in which to develop your ideas.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you’re welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Further information

By the end of the course, you’ll have created a portfolio of new, innovative work.

You’ll leave with a good knowledge of painting techniques and mediums and have the confidence to produce further works to keep developing your skills.

The course could also be a means to progress within fine art into different materials or approaches.

Tutor Profile:

Margot Shores has taught drawing and painting at the Royal Academy as well as schools and various universities and colleges.

In addition to her BA and MA in Fine Art she has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

Margot’s expertise lies in providing a studio situation in which everyone can achieve their individual goals.

She specialises in experiential learning and questioning to enhance students’ creativity, offering a platform from which their art can be launched.

Materials List:

Please bring with you to the first day:

  • any painting equipment you like to work with
  • a sketchbook (of any size)
  • biros, pencils and charcoal
  • inks and brushes
  • a basic set of acrylics, watercolours and gouache (some will be provided too).

Your tutor will also provide cartridge and watercolour paper at the start of the course, to get you going.

You will need to provide paper, canvas or canvas board based on the direction of your project as the course progresses.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

Level: Open to all.

Entry requirement: Beginners as well as those with some painting experience are welcome.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £435.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

How to apply