Beginners' painting projects

Course Dates: 13/07/19 - 03/08/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Anne Teahan

Learn the essentials of painting step by step, from paint handling and colour theory to composition and still life. For absolute beginners.


What is the course about?

This beginners course will offer clear, practical advice in the essentials of painting in both oils and in acrylics to give you the knowledge and confidence to progress.

What will we cover?

How to lay out a palette.
Painting techniques in both acrylics and oils such as scumbling, layering and wet in wet.
Tone and colour theory.
How artists work with tone, colour and composition.
How to develop a still life painting.
How to make a small grid painting from imagination.

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

-Lay out a palette effectively
- Identify and render tone and colour
-Appy a range of painting techniques in both acrylics and oils
-Begin and develop a still life painting.
-Compose a small painting from imagination to a finished piece
- Gain an understanding of how artists work with tone, colour and composition.

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

This is a course for beginners or for students wanting a clear grounding. Some drawing experience is helpful but not essential.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

Practical work, individual and group tutoring, group discussion, demonstrations, visual presentations and handouts.
The tutor will suggest artists to explore in relation to each project.

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

All basic paints and brushes required for the course are provided.
You will need to bring with you the following materials:
1. Rags or kitchen roll
2. Wear old clothes
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?

This will lead you on to other intermediate courses in the next acadmeic year, such as Painting 2 or Complete painting course part 2: intermediate, which prepare you for the technical approaches necessary for oil or acrylic painting on higher level painting courses such as Ways Into Abstract Painting or Painting and the Creative imagination.

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


Book your place

Course Code: VM932

Sat, day, 13 Jul - 03 Aug '19

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £319.00
Senior fee: £319.00
Concession: £195.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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