Beginners' painting intensive

Course Dates: 22/07/19 - 25/07/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Suzanne Caines

Dedicate five evenings to developing your painting in a series of controlled steps. Learn to select and prepare surfaces and materials, build a composition and make supplementary studies to guide your colour application and evaluate your progress and results.


What is the course about?

This is a course which will take you through the making of a painting from beginning studies to a final piece, considering the different stages involved. A variety of projects, working from both representation and abstraction, will develop your handling of the medium and build confidence in image-making with paint. You will be able to follow set painting projects and /or develop your own ideas in painting building upon the momentum in the studio.

What will we cover?

• making studies as an exploration of ideas,
• composition, subject matter and selection of imagery,
• colour palette,
• a variety of painting materials and techniques.
• development of paint and colour application
• looking and being focused
• critical and verbal skills through the discussion work
• building momentum to a final piece and evaluation of work.

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

• have increased confidence selecting and developing subject matter and making compositions
• improve paint handling technique
• understand the process of developing a painting from start to finish.
• take the momentum from this course into new projects in your studio.
• discuss painting with confidence and appropriate vocabulary.

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

Though some experience with painting or drawing will be helpful, this course is ideal for all levels of practice, including beginners. This course will provide an intensive week of evenings painting in the studio. Painters and non-painters welcome.

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

The course will consist of in-class digital presentations followed by class discussions and assignments. Handouts and demonstrations will accompany visual presentations. Individual practical projects will encourage creative thinking and problem solving. Group critiques and discussions will help broaden vocabulary while bringing more confidence when talking about art. One-on-one tuition will be a major factor in developing your own specific artwork and practice. Out of class research and development of projects might be required.

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

All materials will be provided by City Lit, however if students want to purchase their own materials they will be supported to do so. Students are welcome at any level and the course instructor will make accommodations for beginners and advanced students.

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?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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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)

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Course Code: VM866

Mon-Thu, eve, 22 Jul - 25 Jul '19

Duration: 4 sessions

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £139.00
Concession: £85.00

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