Painting And Drawing For Beginners And Improvers

Short course to learn the basics of drawing and painting in a practical, informative way, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. No previous experience or skill is required. Carve a little time for yourself to develop basic drawing and painting skills in just 8 weeks!

Please note that the class will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB. This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

Who is this course for

This course it is aimed at learners who have never had or have very little experience in drawing and painting. The class will give an insight on the basics of drawing and the use colour to further skills and creativity. It is perfect for beginners but can also lead on from other beginners classes, to build on basic skills.

What does this course cover

Different media will be used for drawing such as pencil and charcoal and water colour, pencil colour, and acrylic for painting getting an insight of different techniques and styles.
Still life compositions will introduce learners to the basics of prospective and proportions, on how an object or more, are related to space and depth.
' Drawing and painting is an enjoyable activity that leads to a journey of imagination and inspiring creativity'.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
1.Build a drawing through the use of lines and geometric shapes to identify the object.
2.Make a 2d drawing of an object into a 3d effect through the application of light and shade that creates form and value of an object.
3.Understand colour theory, knowledge of primary and complementary colours and how to mix them.
4.Experiment with different type of painting media and which type of paper is best to use.

The course would be delivered with practical and plenty of exercises to develop basic skills, focusing on different themes exploring and approaching a wide range of media.
Some handout with information and images will be given throughout the sessions as well as guidance and personal advice to encourage the progress of learners.
Most of the teaching will be very practical with some information regarding the medium used, examples of techniques and images of other artists to be inspired from. Hands out with information about every subject and will be provided as well as some exercises to able learners to have some references.
Some discussion will be encouraged during the course.
- Why is it important to draw? Why we do it and what is it for?
- It is important to understand the basic rules of drawing and painting as well as to recognize how we all perceive and see things in different ways.

What will it be like

One to one advice will be given through out the learning process helping learners to get confidence in their practice and by producing a final piece at the end of the course.
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.

What else do you need to buy or do

List of what learners is advice to have.
Sketchbooks A4
One set of lead pencils (HB, 2B, 4B)
One eraser
One putty rubber
Pencil sharpener
What we provide
Most basic material will be provided and specialist paper would be available to buy.

What this course could lead to

Student can progress on to one of our many Painting and drawing classes at Blackfriars Settlement or at the Mary Ward Centre.
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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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

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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.’