Painting 1

Course Dates: 26/01/21 - 30/03/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

An introduction to painting, focusing on differing approaches to observational and imaginative work. Learn how to organise a palette, mix colours and create different textures. Basic materials included.

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What is the course about?

You will Learn the basic skills needed to paint from observation and develop confidence in using acrylic and/or oil paint, as suggested by the tutor.

What will we cover?

We will cover paint and how it works in relation to tone, colour, method and technique. The course incorporates basic colour mixing and develops experience in paint handling in relation to painting from observation. You will be encouraged to try a variety of techniques used by different artists, whose work will be used as examples.

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

- use paint to describe the basics of tonal structure
- explore composition in painting
- mix colours using basic colour theory
- use a range of painting techniques such as 'impasto', 'scumble' and 'glaze'
- identify the work of artists and other practitioners.

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

This is a course for beginners. 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.

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:
Rags or kitchen roll
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?

Painting 1 naturally leads on to Painting 2, which prepares you for the technical approaches
necessary for oil or acrylic painting on higher level painting courses such as Develop your painting. You are encouraged to attend both Painting 1 and Painting 2 for maximum benefit. You may also go onto other painting courses such as Ways Into Abstract Painting, Painting and the Creative imagination.


Customer Reviews 17 item(s)

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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.

Great way to reconnect with something you may not have done since school. It demystifies basics and teaches helpful techniques you can then build on. Thoroughly recommend
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Review by Michael / (Posted on 11/03/2020)
I'd just like to say how much joy this class has given me. The tutor is great as are my classmates. I'm not sure about my work but at least I am doing some painting and it's definitely improved. I'm considering doing it again.
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Review by Mary / (Posted on 11/03/2020)
Fantastic for confidence and improving skills
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/03/2020)
An excellent introduction to acrylic and oil painting, giving a good introduction to colour theory.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 04/03/2020)
Excellent course which challenges and encourages you.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/11/2019)
A really thorough introduction to painting with a supportive tutor
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Review by Susan / (Posted on 23/06/2019)
Painting 1 is a very effective course to gain a foundation in how to approach painting. It's challenging and rewarding. The tutor, takes the mystery out of approaching a painting and gives you a fantastic 'way in' for taking your painting further. And it's a lot of fun!
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Review by Shirley / (Posted on 16/05/2019)
I highly recommend this course. It teaches the basics of painting with acrylic colour and expands your knowledge about observing still life pieces and accurately expressing them on paper.
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Review by Natalie / (Posted on 15/05/2019)
If your only experience of painting is from school then you will probably find this course challenging and helpful. It changes the way you look at things and the practice of painting. You need to be open-minded and willing to engage with the process.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/05/2019)
Do it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/05/2019)
An accessible introduction to painting for all abilities. Students are encouraged to experiment in friendly environment.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2019)
This course provides a wide variety of different approaches to painting. Every class is different and we do get a lot of work done in a relatively short time. I am definitely have a better understanding of painting in general and my ability of actually doing it. I am going to pick another painting course and will carry on progressing and most of all enjoying the process. I really liked my tutor but I am curious about the others and their teaching approach.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
Comprehensive, thorough and inspiring.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
The course is a fantastic introduction to painting. I was a complete beginner and have progressed massively in ten weeks.
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Review by Avan / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
If you haven’t ever painted or not for a while, this class will inspire you to pick up your brushes and get going. You are encouraged and challenged and will surprise yourself with what you produce.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 14/11/2018)
The knowledge and enthusiasm of teacher was outstanding. With very little experience of painting, I now nonetheless feel confident enough to progress to Painting 2. I'm sure the rest of the group felt as I did.
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Review by michael / (Posted on 02/06/2015)
I was an absolute beginner with no previous experience of painting and exceptionally weak drawing skills. The course was superbly structured, offering a diverse range of painting activities and the tutor was tremendously knowledgeable, perceptive and supportive. Consequently, I've considerably developed my skills, confidence and desire to paint.
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Review by Jake / (Posted on 19/03/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Kim Scouller

Kim is an award winning figurative artist. She studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (1999-2003) and the Royal Drawing School (2007-09). Her studio work focuses on painting directly from subjects such as still-life and the figure and portrait. Working predominantly in oils she uses gestural paint handling to seek out the emergent subject. Kim exhibits her work regularly and has had work selected for the BP Portrait Award, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, ING Discerning Eye and more recently the Scottish Portrait Award (2019). She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most notably in 2005 she was the winner of the Aspect Prize, one of Scotland’s most prestigious painting prizes for emerging artists. An experienced art tutor, Kim has taught students of all ages and levels at institutions such as The Royal Drawing School, Candid Arts Trust, Central Saint Martins, London Drawing and London College of Communication. Website: Instagram: @kim_scouller

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: VM882

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Tue, day, 26 Jan - 30 Mar '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £369.00
Senior fee: £295.00
Concession: £185.00

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