Beginners' Painting Course (B2)

Tutored by Monika Cilmi BA, MA, PGCE.

The Beginners' Painting Course is a Certificate Course

This starter course is for people who have basic drawing skills. It teaches the use of watercolours, oils, acrylics and gouache and deals with size and proportion of pictures, composition, and encourages the student to experiment with different styles of working.

This lets you decide which you enjoy most, so you can make an informed choice about how you want to develop your interest in the longer term. You work at your own speed in an informal and relaxed way. In fact, once you've completed the course and mastered the simple techniques of painting in each medium you'll have gained both the understanding and the confidence to really make the most of this very relaxing and creative skill.

Students who are likely to take both the Beginner's Drawing course and the Beginners Painting course should consider taking D1 our Painting & Drawing Diploma course. D1 covers the same areas and much more besides and offers very good value.

Student Artwork by Linda Charge

Student Artwork (detail) by Linda Charge

Course Prices

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Critiques online or via Regular Mail

Students are able to upload their artwork to the 'The Art Room' on our website. Each student is given a unique username and password on enrolment for their own private section in The Art Room. Students can upload their artwork for the tutor to collect and critique. The tutor will then upload feedback for the student to download. If you do not have facilities to upload your artwork, you can mail your artwork to the tutors centre and receive your artwork back with your critique. It is essential you label all packages/artwork with your student number.

Student Artwork by Shauna Reed

Student Artwork (detail) by Shauna Reed

Tutor Support

All our courses are written to be complete in themselves. However we realise that students may appreciate being able to get clarification about various things as they work through their programme as well wanting reassurance that they are putting techniques into practice effectively. The tutors provide the technical support to deal with relevant queries.

Most courses have their own dedicated Tutor. The tutor keeps the course up to date and relevant to today's students. They are available to the individual student for advice and encouragement. Each course has regular exercises and assignments that are constructed in such a way as to give the student the opportunity to practice the techniques learnt on the course and to test themselves as they go along. The student is encouraged to submit the assignment work to the college for the tutor to critique. The student's work will be returned together with the tutor's personal critique. On many courses the assignment work may be suitable for inclusion in a student's Portfolio of Work that could be very useful later. The college will use the assignments submitted as the basis for any award of a letter, certificate or diploma.

Student Artwork by Marcela Zambrano

Student Artwork (detail) by Marcela Zambrano

Duration and Experience

The expected duration of this course is approximately 3 months although the college allows students up to one year to complete their studies.This course is suitable for all students, particularly as a follow on from the Learn To Draw course.

Course Content

The following is an overview of some of the areas that are covered in the course.

Media: Equipment Used

Subject: Areas Covered

Techniques: Skills Developed


Still Life

Using the mediums
Colour Mixing
Different Styles

Samples pages from this course

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Sample Images from the course

Below are a few images from the course itself illustrated by tutor and artist Julie Douglas.

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Testimonials from students

Hello there, these are the final set of paintings for the course which I have enjoyed doing very much. I feel I have improved but still have a long way to go yet though. But I am pleased with my painting's so far and notice myself how much my painting's have changed over the time of doing the course. Many thanks for your critiques of my painting's which I have listened and taken on board. I have found the course useful and interesting and I will continue to keep on painting and hopefully develop further.

Linda Charge

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