Drawing and Painting
We have a huge variety of drawing and painting courses to offer.
- Digital Design
- Pastels and Watercolour
- Art and Design for Young People
- Specialist Courses
Please contact the school if you require further details or a course description.
This course covers all aspects of illustration and aims to enable students to respond to a variety of briefs, working to deadlines. The areas covered include editorial, picture book illustration, storyboards, cards etc.
Fridays | 10am to 1pm
Botanical Drawing-Absolute Beginners
Working from plants and flowers and other natural organic forms you will be introduced to a discipline of careful observational drawing and painting. You will explore working with form, line, tone, texture and colour as well as composition using pencil (beginners) and water colours (all others)
Tuesdays | 2 to 5pm
Botanic Drawing and Painting (beginners)
This is a course in Botanical Illustration is for the beginner to intermediate Botanical illustrator and continuing students of botanical art and illustration.
Beginners Mondays | 10am to 1pm
Intermediate Mondays | 2 to 5pm
Drawing and Watercolour Painting: Flora, Fauna & Natural Forms (all levels)
Botanical drawing and painting is a creative art form and a means of recording natural structures. Working from plants and flowers you will be introduced to careful observational painting and drawing. Exploring working with form, line, tone, texture, colour and water colour techniques. A range of plants and flowers will be the subject of this studio based class each week.
Through group and one to one tuition, demonstrations and looking at images from other artists.
Mondays | 6.45 to 9.45pm
Draw and Paint with mixed media (all levels)
The course aims to explore drawing and painting media in depth; beginning with drawing techniques using pencil and charcoal to explore line, tone and structure then introducing colour and further mark making techniques with pastels, watercolour, gouache, ink and wash. All work will be on paper using a variety of surfaces and grounds. The course will include advice on colour mixing, how to depict depth using line and tone, the importance of negative space, and cross-contour drawing. It will provide a strong foundation for the beginner and reinforce the potential of mixed media techniques for the more practised artist. During the course you will be working from observation, aiming to develop your drawing abilities further, which in turn will inform your practice further.
Tuesdays | 2 to 4.30pm
Drawing and Painting
The course is suitable for all students who wish to improve painting techniques and drawing skills. The course will concentrate on landscape, figure and still life compositions.
All levels Mondays | 10am to 1pm | 6.45 to 9.45pm
All levels Wednesdays | 10am to 1pm | 2 to 5pm | 6.45 to 9.45pm
All levels Saturdays | 10am to 1pm
Drawing (students with some experience)
Using a variety of materials you will explore different forms of description and expression. Subject matter will range from domestic ‘still life’ objects, food, plants and the human figure, through to space, place and movement. Each week will focus on a particular theme with exercises in exploring ways we see and experience the world and the use of the drawn mark to record that experience. We will discuss the work as a group at the end of each session. Throughout each term we will look at the work of different artists, discussing the many and varied ways in which we can draw..
Using a variety of materials you will explore different forms of description and expression.
Mondays | 10am to 1pm
Drawing: Short Courses
A structured course for students with little or no drawing experience who would like to learn to draw from observation. You will learn the basic principles of drawing including perspective, how to create a sense of scale and proportion, and convey volume and space.
Tuesdays | 2 to 5pm
Drawing into Watercolour and Gouache
This course aims to develop your drawing abilities further, which in turn will underpin both your painting in watercolour and gouache.
Wednesdays | 2 to 5pm
Experimental Art and Media (all levels)
This course has two aims. The first is to give you the knowledge and confidence to work with a range of different core materials – not only in drawing and painting, but also in experimental techniques including collage, mixed media, photography, printmaking and film. The second is to help you explore your own ideas and to help you develop a personal visual language. A key part of this will be to give you the skills to develop ideas, research them, plan a body of work and bring it to a successful conclusion.
All levels Tuesdays | 6.45 to 9.45pm
Intermediate and advance Thursdays | 10am to 1pm
Introduction to Drawing
This course is for students with little or no drawing experience and would like to learn to draw from observation.You will learn the basic principles of observational drawing and be shown how to interpret visual information. You will have the opportunity to develop your drawing techniques and experiment with a variety of materials. The aim of the course is to help you to develop your observational skills further and build your confidence when recording what you see and experience.
Tuesdays | 6.45 to 9.45pm
Wednesdays | 10am to 1pm
Introduction to Drawing and Painting
It is suitable for beginners and also for students with some experience who would welcome a structured refresher course. The course can be taken a term at a time or as a three term programme.
Autumn term: Introduction to drawing and painting (acrylics) 50:50 drawing to painting.
Spring term: Introduction to oil painting. 80:20 amount of painting to drawing.
Summer term: Oil painting – city & landscapes. 70:30 painting to drawing. A chance to develop oil painting further.
Thursdays | 6.45 to 9.45pm
Life and Figure Drawing (all levels)
This is a wide-ranging, structured life drawing course suitable for all levels and especially for those who have general drawing skills but have not drawn the figure very much.
Mondays | 2 to 5pm
Wednesday | 2 to 5pm
Fridays | 10am to 1pm
This is a wide-ranging, structured life drawing course suitable for all levels and especially for those who have general drawing skills but have not drawn the figure very much. This class will look at the broader context of the practice of life drawing. So in addition to working from the nude, with attention to basic anatomy, we will study the clothed figure, observing the fall and tension of the clothing, and placing the model in the surrounding context. The course will include work on individual portraiture, together with consideration of groups of figures, their interaction and spatial context, and compositional ideas. The emphasis throughout is on close observation.
All levels Wednesdays | 6.45 to 9.45pm
Beginners Thursdays | 10am to 1pm
Experience students Wednesdays | 10am to 1pm
Life Drawing Pay As You Go (PAYG)
Saturdays | 10am to 1pm
Oil Painting (Intermediate)
The course is suitable for students with some experience in oil painting. The course has two aims: to broaden and develop your painting techniques, including traditional and contemporary processes and materials; and to help you to begin to develop a personal voice both in your painting style and in the ideas you aim to explore in your work. The course will be project-based. Projects will usually start with some sessions that focus on a particular technique or painting process, followed by sessions in which you are creating your own response to a theme with personal guidance from the tutor.
Mondays | 2 to 5pm
Painting and Drawing Projects
Each term we work to a different themed project. Previous projects have included ‘people and places’, the theatre of ‘light and dark’ and ‘cityscapes’. The first half of the term is very structured and introduces students to a range of practical approaches, which they can then use in more self-initiated ways later in the term. All work is part of a termly project, although most sessions are self-contained. The balance between painting & drawing varies each term.
Fridays | 2 to 5pm
Painting and Drawing (all levels)
This class offers students who already have some painting & drawing experience the opportunity to extend to develop their skills, knowledge and approaches through the use of different media in particular OIL PAINTS*. Each terms work is structured around a general theme, for example ‘Landscapes real & imagined’. Initial work may include drawing in various media including collage. The balance of painting to drawing varies each term.
All levels Saturdays 1.30 to 4.30pm
Intermediate Tuesdays | 6.45 to 9.45pm
Painting with Gouache
Those with some previous experience of working with either water colour, acrylic or oils who wish to explore a new medium. Learn to use the vibrant and versatile medium of gouache paint – a medium used by artists such as Matisse, John Piper, Paul Klee and David Hockney. You will be learn to use gouache techniques and materials, build up your confidence in using the medium and explore the diversity of gouache by taking inspiration from some of the techniques of established gouache artists.
Thursdays | 10am to 1pm
Portrait Drawing (all levels)
You will learn to identify the skeletal structure of the head and assess its anatomical proportions. You will learn how to take proportional measurements and judge angles and planes. You will consider facial type, individual proportion, body language, particularity and expression as other vital ingredients in the mix. This course is a useful preparation for a portrait painting course, or for life drawing and painting classes.
Thursdays | 6.45 to 9.15pm
Portrait Drawing & Painting (all levels)
You will learn the basic principles of observational drawing and painting and be shown how to interpret visual information. You will gain mastery of composition, proportion, perspective and colour mixing while building a personal style using medium or mediums of your choice ranging from graphite, chalk, pen, dry and oil pastel, watercolour, acrylics and oil painting to create a confident, resolved result. It is suitable for anyone wanting to improve existing skills as well as for Beginners. Students will be taught how to learn and master these skills while drawing and painting from the model. The tutor will demonstrate how to get a good likeness and how to measure basic proportions from varying viewpoints. At the same time students will learn what makes the picture work, how to mix colours and to portray surfaces, including skin and hair, with conviction.
Saturdays | 1.30 to 4.30pm
Portrait : Drawing the Head (students with some experience)
The emphasis of the course will be on structure and anatomy and ways of understanding and describing this, through close observation of the model. You will not be studying colour on this course. You will work from live models as well as skulls, casts, yourselves and each other. You will explore different media as useful tools to convey various responses. You will draw at different speeds and explore the use of caricature.
Thursdays | 2 to 5pm