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Beginners Painting

This one day beginners' painting course will introduce some of the essential basics of painting, including composition and colour, materials and techniques.

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Who is this course for

This course is suitable for beginners with no previous knowledge, or for those who wish to refresh and revisit the basics of painting.

What does this course cover

The course will briefly look at and discuss the work of other artists before introducing students to some of the skills, ideas and approaches within the painting process, including colour theory, colour mixing and composition. Working from observational sources within the studio students will produce a series of studies and one longer painting.
By the end of the day students will have an understanding of how to construct a painting in terms of composition, colour, format and mark making .

The day will mix discussion around the work of other artists and students' own work with a very practically based programme of studies and a longer painting, all based on observation. The teaching will include group introductions to some of the underlying principles of painting , and one to one teaching during all the practical sessions followed by peer review and discussion at various points in the day.

What will it be like

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions.
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials for the course will be provided and discussed as part of the day.

What this course could lead to

The course could lead to longer painting and drawing courses at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere, also it will increase your confidence in drawing and painting, enabling you to practice independently.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’