Complete painting course: next steps

Course Dates: 22/02/20 - 21/03/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Part two of the complete painting course is the second stage of our Saturday Painting School, offering a structured approach to painting from observation. You will build on the skills learned in Complete Painting 1 (or similar courses) and develop your proficiency in the use of oil or acrylic paint.

Please be aware that there will be an offsite visit on week 9: 16th March 2019.


What is the course about?

This course offers a comprehensive and creative approach to extend your abilities in using colour, tone, texture and composition to create exciting paintings from observation.

There will be a variety of painting exercises and projects aimed at developing your painting skills and broadening your understanding of visual language. Using a range of techniques students can begin to identify an individual approach to subject matter and focus on particular areas in painting in more depth.

What will we cover?

- Developing a painting from a sketch and scaling up
- The expressive properties of brush mark and gesture in painting
- Glazing, scumbling and painting mediums
- Composition and colour
- The different approaches of a variety of artists work.

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

- Apply painting methods such as glazing, impasto and wet on wet
- Use formal elements, such as tone, composition and colour more effectively
- Be aware of the effects of surface quality and texture in an image
- Have basic skills in appraising your own work
- Start to select areas of interest for further development.

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

You should have some painting experience and it is helpful to have completed a 'Painting 1' or 'Introduction to painting' course.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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?

Demonstration and practical application. One to one and group discussion.

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

Basic materials are provided, such as acrylic and oil paint, basic brushes and paper. If you would like to extend the range for your personal use, your tutor will be able to advise you on what to buy and where to buy it from. Please 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 course leads on to VM909 Drawing and painting studio: intermediate to advanced on Saturdays in Term 3, where you will be able to develop your painting skills developing projects of your own choice with expert tuition.

Or higher level painting courses such as Develop your painting or Advanced painting.
You may also go onto other painting courses such as Ways Into Abstract Painting, Painting and the Creative imagination or Painting and Photography.

Tutor Biographies
Amanda Bracken Tutor Website

Amanda Bracken started her teaching career at the Serpentine Gallery, researching, developing and delivering projects to a range of audiences, which illuminated the art work on show in the exhibition programme, including a teachers’ pack for the Bridget Riley exhibition. She also gained substantial experience developing projects and workshops within the education departments of The Drawing Room, the Estorick collection, The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria Miro Gallery in particular Alice Neel: Portraits. Bracken holds an MA in Fine Art gained at Central Saint Martins. She also holds a BA in joint Art/Dance and a PGCE gained at Goldsmiths College London. Brackens paintings, drawings and installations have been selected for exhibitions in London and nationally including the Drawing Room, ASC Gallery, C and C Gallery and Atkinson Gallery Millfield. ‘I am interested in colour and form in all its permutations and the qualities of the substance of painting and drawing-the figurative, the abstract and the in-between. Citylit has a diverse Art department where I can use my experience to stimulate students to develop their own work'.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VM902

Sat, day, 22 Feb - 21 Mar '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £349.00
Senior fee: £349.00
Concession: £213.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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