Beginners painting intensive

Course Dates: 09/12/19 - 11/12/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn and develop essential painting skills over three consecutive days. Each day will focus on an aspect of painting, covering key concepts including colour, tone, composition and brushwork. Ideal if you have little or no painting experience.


What is the course about?

This intensive structured course is an introduction to painting where you will progressively acquire skills starting with mixing and matching colour and progress to painting from observation. Through a range of painting exercises, you will learn to use colour and tone to create compositions from observation. This course will give you essential painting skills, enabling you to progress to further painting challenges.

What will we cover?

• How to organize a palette and materials
• The colour wheel
• Introduction to colour mixing using the Primary colours
• Observation of colour in light and shade (Tone)
• Application of Acrylic (or oil) paint and use of brushes
• A range of painting projects
• Observe and compare the work of selected painters.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Organize a palette and materials
• Understand use of the colour wheel
• Mix primary colours to achieve secondary and tertiary colours
• Use paint to describe the basics of tonal structure
• Gain confidence and skill in selecting, mixing and applying colour
• Compose a series of painted studies from observation
• Build awareness of selected painters and technique.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an essential painting course ideal for those with no experience or for students in a different visual art field wanting to improve their painting. This course is also suitable for those who would like to refresh existing painting skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

One to one tuition, group exercises, group discussion, question and answer and slide shows.
No compulsory homework will be set.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic painting materials are included in the cost.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VM513 Painting 1, VM519 Painting 2, VM930 Painting Club, VM640 Painting and the creative imagination.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

With the course as it stands, I don't feel it's pitched at complete beginners. We were not given strategies/tools - which do exist - I've since found them. There was also no variety/choice in in-class assignments - I would have like the option to choose how I practiced the color theories rather than just being told - sorry, but still life of a boot, bottle and helmet is sooo boring - and then again and agian again... I wanted to copy 2D images until I had some understanding of paint/tone/shade - but was not allowed to. I feel the course needs many more foundational elements before I would recommend it to complete beginners.

People with some natural talent or painting experience were fine, however!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/12/2018)
Not recommended for an absolute beginner. You won't be given training on basics.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Suzanne Caines

Suzanne Caines is a Canadian Artist, Researcher & Arts Educator who holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London. Working within the intersection of painting, drawing, writing and video art she raises questions about cultural heritage, suppressed histories, collective forgetfulness, and identity in the form of muted/mutated witness and reconciliation. Her video works combine archival, photographic and researched materials transformed through digital editing and sound treatment. Having participated in several international residencies and exhibitions including, Extratextual/An international exhibition of contemporary art informed by modes of writing at /Contemporary Calgary, V-Tape, Toronto, Ontario, Banner Repeater, London, UK, The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, X Marks the Bokship, The Nunnery Gallery, London, Transmediale 2006, Berlin and VertexList Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, England; The Projection Gallery, Liverpool, England.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VM426

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Mon-Wed, day, 09 Dec - 11 Dec '19

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £183.00
Concession: £140.00

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