Drawing & Painting

Develop and improve drawing skills and techniques, develop drawing for painting and discover your own drawing style along the way. This course is taught primarily at college, however there will be some online content each term. Students will be expected to work remotely as well as at college. Therefore, Zoom capability is essential. Refer to Zoom support below for more information.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is for anyone wanting to explore the art of drawing in all its variety. Suitable for all levels, including adventurous beginners. A perfect next step for those who attended the Absolute Beginners course. Students at whatever level should have an interest in visual phenomena, be prepared to take risks and experiment. Those with some experience will be able to use the course to consolidate and expand skills and approaches. The course is one year long but students can enter in terms 1, 2 and 3 as the basic structure (but not content) of term 1 will repeat.

What does this course cover

The course will cover a practical range of skills, techniques and approaches associated with drawing in art and design. Sources for work will be varied, e.g. from observation, from imagination, from other artists. Sketchbook development is an essential part of the course.
- Understand and apply basic principles of observation and understand the illusion of 3 dimensional space as drawn on a flat surface.
- Develop and or expand skills using different drawing techniques.
- Work with a variety of wet and dry media, e.g. ink and charcoal.
- Use drawing techniques in different ways, e.g. from observation, expressively, and towards abstraction.
- Discuss, appreciate and learn about approaches to drawing from your own and others work, including fellow students and artists from different periods and or cultures.

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.
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.

Each session or project is structured round a particular skill, technique or theme. Teaching is on an individual as well as group basis. Students learn through practice, through group and individual discussion, and through looking at their own and others' work. Work produced is discussed by the group to develop analytical skills. Examples of artists' work will be shown as appropriate. Any online content will be power-point lectures/discussion, feedback of student work in development and group discussions as preparation for the work that continues at college. The course will be structured to allow students to develop an individual approach and self-reflection as they progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Make sure you have a secure internet connection and have signed up to Zoom.
Bring your sketch book and the work that you have done for the online sessions to the college workshops.
N.B. Keeping a sketch/note/scrapbook is also extremely important for any student who wishes to develop independently.
You will need a basic artist tool kit:
Black and White media:
Range of drawing pencils including HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B
Drawing pen (a dip pen and a small bottle of black or sepia ink and or a Pilot drawing pen with suggested point size 0.25)
Putty rubber and plastic rubber
Graphite stick 2B, 4B, 6B
Charcoal - willow and compressed
Colour media:
Paint - watercolour/acrylic/gouache (which should include primary colours and black and white)
A selection of brushes - synthetic sizes small/medium/large
A palette or an old white plate
Pastels chalk -
Also masking tape, craft knife, steel rule. System 3 white acrylic paint (250ml bottle). Tin/paper plate/plastic food trays to also be use as palettes - Jars/tins for water - Apron/ old shirt for working in.

What this course could lead to

Many other courses at the Mary Ward Centre and other colleges would be suitable to progress graphic work e.g. painting, printmaking, textiles, collage, stained glass, design, graphics, fashion. The course is also suitable for those intending to apply for, or already taking certificated Mary Ward Courses (Pre-foundation in Art & Design, Foundation). It will assist in the development of individual visual language and subject matter, and in general portfolio preparation.
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: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk

The Mary Ward Centre has allowed me to let go of creative restraints, it's given me confidence and I've learnt a lot of new techniques. Now I can really draw from my heart!


Got a Question about this Course?

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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.’