Try it out: painting

Course Dates: 02/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Diane Martin

Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.


What is the course about?

A taster in painting in acrylics. Experience some approaches to mixing and applying colour and working from observation in a painting studio environment. Discover the potential of different brushes and painting tools and learn to set up an effective personal workspace.

You will receive advice about further painting or drawing course you could join.

What will we cover?

Introductions to colour mixing, paint handling, selecting and using a variety of tools. Discovering paint media and their characteristics. Producing a simple painting from observation.

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

- Identify the characteristics of acrylic paint media
- Set up a simple workspace for easel painting and handle the related tools and equipment
- Gain an insight into colour mixing
- Recognise and experiment with a variety of methods for applying paint
- Start to paint from observation
- Discuss your experience with others and make an informed decision when choosing a future painting course.

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

A taster course for complete beginners.

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. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

- Demonstration
- Practical exercises
- Hand-outs
- Group and individual advice and feedback
- Short group discussion.

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

Materials and equipment provided.

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?

From this course you will be able to progress to 'Painting 1', 'Painting Techniques', 'Painting and the creative imagination' 'Ways into abstract painting' or 'Complete painting course part 1: beginners'.


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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.

This is a great introduction to painting- covers a range of theoretical and practical techniques. I’ll continue to paint!
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Review by Karly / (Posted on 19/01/2020)
This course was a perfect introduction to painting. I am a complete beginner and left feeling more knowledgeable and confident to either proceed onto a course or to practice in my own time. Lots of time at the easel to practice the techniques that were explained to us. Lovely, patient and insightful teacher who made the session really enjoyable.
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Review by Clare / (Posted on 19/01/2020)
I loved how the teacher put us all at ease and made us feel that we were achieving despite being beginners......and we did achieve! He had great knowledge which was imparted to us and everyone left with a painting at the end of the day!
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Review by Melanie / (Posted on 18/01/2020)
Tutor Biographies
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Book your place

Course Code: VM858

Thu, day, 02 Apr - 02 Apr '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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