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:
1. A palette knife
2. Rags or kitchen roll
3. 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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Start painting naturally leads on to Painting 1, which prepares you for the technical approaches to painting.
For maximum benefit, we recommend you do both 'Painting 1' and 'Painting 2' or both modules in our Saturday school, 'Complete painting course part 1: beginners' followed by 'Complete painting course part 2: intermediate'.
There are a number of other next level painting courses that would be ideal progression routes from Start Painting, such as 'Ways into abstract painting', 'Painting and the creative imagination', 'Oil painting for beginners' or 'Painting from plants and flowers'.
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