Approaches To Contemporary Painting – ONLINE

This course aims to give students introduction and guidance to discover what contemporary painting can be. Youll explore this question through works of art made between 1960 and the present day, with a focus on art made during the past decade. The day will be an introduction to artists practices today, exploring some of their main concepts and strategies and applying some of those theories to your painting.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

No previous knowledge or experience is necessary for this course, but it would suit the student who is willing to openly explore painting as a language that might not necessarily be descriptive or merely the imitation of things or styles. This course will help students to produce work for their portfolios and apply for BA or Foundation courses.

What does this course cover

You will be working with acrylic, inks and monoprints as well as a variety of other mediums. You will also learn many other skills such as painting techniques, producing grounds, textures, mark making etc.
Experimentation with shape, colour and texture to develop the individual artist within.
This course aims to give students the space, and guidance to discover what contemporary painting can be and where, if anywhere, it fits to life's experience, how we see the world and how much it may have more formal, aesthetic considerations.
By the end of the course you will be able to.
- Understand the basic technical language for contemporary artwork
- Produce artwork that you can build up into a portfolio
- Understand how you can progress with your artwork in the future
- Receive and research contemporary artists and start understanding their work

What will it be like

You will be encouraged to continually reflect on what you're making. You will also be helped to describe what you find and embed those discoveries in your ongoing practice. One-to-one tutorials will help you to understand better the principles of the contemporary art. Demonstrations by your tutor will help you to learn more about techniques and language in contemporary painting. You will learn how to work as part of a creative group and evaluate your work. Your tutor will provide you with useful handouts and online links related to contemporary artists, exhibitions, techniques and materials.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation via zoom. PowerPoint etc handouts with visual diagrams . One-to-one teaching. Group discussions all via zoom.

Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.

How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.

Record of 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

Student will need a supply of paper, brushes and acrylic painst to start with - and any materaisl they like to use.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

There are several other courses available at the Centre in art and craft. Students may use it to build up a portfolio for entrance to art school, or at the Approaches to Contemporary art course at MWC.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Why choose Mary Ward?

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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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.’