Miniature Painting – New Techniques and Special Effects

Miniature Painting Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (weekend)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 16 November 2019
  • Course duration: Two Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm

Nottingham is synonymous with miniature painting, from Games Workshop’s mighty armies and multi-part kits, to the bespoke models produced by smaller companies around the city.

This short course is designed to help hobbyists develop their miniature painting and reach the next level of confidence and ability, regardless of the theme or style of miniatures they work on.

The course is very practical, with plenty of hands-on painting projects, demonstrations and one-to-one tutoring.

However, each new approach and technique will be examined at a theoretical level to begin with, asking and answering ‘why’ as well as ‘how’ it is useful.

You will then learn about project preparation, ensuring your models will look the best they can, even before you apply paint.

Familiarity with miniature painting is helpful but not essential.

The course is designed so that you can develop at your own pace - any level of painter can learn and improve.

Practice models will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring unpainted miniatures of your own to work on.

This course is open to anyone aged 16 and above.

What will I gain?

You will leave with the knowledge, confidence and techniques to improve your painting and continue to develop with each new project you undertake in the future.

Tutor profile: James Griffiths has been a passionate hobbyist for more than 25 years, designing, building, converting and painting fantasy and sci-fi miniatures, armies, terrain pieces and dioramas.

He moved to Nottingham and worked at Games Workshop, before leaving to become a freelance miniature painter at his own workshop.

James is an experimental and commercial painter; he loves to explore new approaches to model painting, and find new ways to express himself and individualise his work.

Indicative maximum class size: 12

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • practice on paper to select the correct colour palette
  • use photographs as a guide
  • look at sub-assemblies and the order of painting
  • explore speed painting and its application
  • examine the effective use of light and dark (the contrast and the planes of a miniature)
  • use masks, templates, airbrushes and oil paint
  • experiment with unusual and found materials to add detail, texture and realism
  • learn about colour theory and how to apply it to your models
  • use compositional techniques to direct the eye around your miniature
  • learn from the work of others, both miniature painters and artists in other creative fields.

How to apply

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

16 - 23 November 2019

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

16 - 23 November 2019

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £180.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £180.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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