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Instalments (UK / NI Only)

£200.00 in 3 instalments at £66.67 each

Beginners' Painting Online Art Course

Tutored by Monika Cilmi BA, MA, PGCE.

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

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 (detail) by Shauna Reed

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 (detail) by Marcela Zambrano
Media: Equipment used Subject: Areas covered Techniques: Skills developed
  • Pencil
  • Watercolours
  • Oils
  • Acrylics
  • Gouache
  • Landscape
  • Still Life
  • Using the mediums
  • Perspective
  • Composition
  • Colour Mixing
  • Different Styles

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