What is the course about?
Explore the richness of drawing and painting from the imagination through a variety of practical methods and guided exercises to help access, develop and sustain your imaginative engagement. On the course, you will employ range of methods and approaches and work from a variety of sources of inspiration, as a gateway to the imagination. You will practice a range of drawing and painting methods and approaches to help you find ways of expressing your self with increased freedom and confidence. Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to drawing and painting as well as those with experience who wish to refresh their practice or expand their skills.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
During the course we will explore ways of accessing the imagination and create drawings and paintings from a variety of sources of inspiration. You will be introduced to a range of artists work and their sources of inspiration ranging from everyday life, to landscape, colour and visionary experience. Each session will offer some skills input e.g. on colour, creative process, painting methods, ways of developing your own subject matter and articulating your experience directly through the medium of drawing and painting. You will develop a toolkit of painting methods and approaches that will inform your work into the future. There will be a guided mindfulness meditation practice each day to aid concentration in your painting practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify and employ a variety of sources of inspiration for your imagination
- Draw and paint from your imagination
- Employ a toolkit of resources to access, free-up and sustain your imaginative engagement
- Develop a body of work from initial sources
- Identify how mindfulness can support creative practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for enthusiastic beginners to drawing and painting as well as those with experience who wish to refresh their practice or expand their skills in this subject area. Bring an open mind and be prepared to let go, play and experiment.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
Please note that this course will be taught with reference to acrylic paint (not oil or watercolour).
Please note that we use acrylic paint on the course. Additional materials such as charcoal, pastels, and inks are also
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Through demonstration of drawing and painting methods
- Practical drawing and painting exercises
- One to one tutoring
- Pair and group discussion
- Personal research tasks
- Slideshows, hand-outs and other practical learning resources.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Basic materials that you will need:
Pencil, paper, eraser, pencil sharpener, 20 sheets cartridge paper A4 or A3
Brushes of a few different sizes that you’d like to use
2 clean jars or yoghurt pots for water
acrylic paint – suggested colours: zinc/mixing white, titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarin crimson or crimson, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, brown, black. A basic set is also fine.
approx. 10-15 sheets of paper e.g. 300gms A2 or A3
Charcoal, coloured pastels or pencils, water-soluble graphite
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
There are a number of ideal courses to follow on to, for example, 'The complete painting course part 1: beginners',
'Painting 1', 'Painting 2' ' Develop your drawing and painting', ' Painting and the creative imagination', 'Ways into