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Painting And Drawing – Online

This is a project led drawing and painting course. With tutor set themes you will explore mark making, colour and composition to produce your own experimental artworks. Looking at other artists work will provide inspiration and initiate discussion about techniques.
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

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Who is this course for

This course is for anyone who has an interest in learning about drawing and painting. You do not have to have any specific skills, just a willingness to be experimental. It would be helpful to have a basic knowledge of some artists/movements etc. although this is not absolutely essential.

What does this course cover

The course will run over twelve weeks and be divided into three separate four week projects. Each project will be based on a different theme and you will be introduced to different artists work that relates. The projects will start with exploring the theme through drawing (experimenting with the many different ways of making a mark) you will then use these sketches to develop an idea for a larger final painting. You will learn about composition, how cropping and using specific viewpoints and perspectives can be used to make your pieces more impactful. You will also be introduced to basic colour theory and how to mix and use paint successfully.
At the end of each themed project the group will look at each others' work and give constructive feedback.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

- Gained knowledge about artists and feel confident discussing their work.
- Have a sketchbook of drawings that explore mark making.
- Understand and practice the design process, developing an idea into a final piece.
- Have an understanding of how choices about colour and composition affect an artwork.
- Feel confident discussing your own work and others.

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.

What else do you need to buy or do

- A3 Sketchbook and A2 paper
- Set of B pencils
- Rubber and pencil sharpener
- Set of paints, watercolour, acrylic or gauche
- Set of paintbrushes
- Charcoal
- Chalk pastels
- Scissors
Students will be encouraged to sketch between classes, research different artists and to finish off pieces started in class.

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

Further Study with 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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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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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.’