When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Matthew Cort
  • Course Code W23PDGF01A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This intensive course is aimed at people who want to learn to paint or to improve their painting skills. Sessions will cover different aspects of painting from direct observation, giving a solid foundation for development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Paint confidently from direct observation
  • Create a tonal painting using a limited palette
  • Generate colours using different techniques
  • Explore expressive brushwork and gestural marks


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be painting in response to direct observation of still-life objects. Through demonstration and discussion your tutor will introduce various approaches to painting: colour washes, tonal underpainting and expressive mark-making. As well as making fast studies, there will be opportunity for re-working a painting for a longer period. There will be group discussions facilitated by the tutor. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive context.

    Entry requirements

    The course is suitable if you are a beginner and if you have some experience and wish to develop your work in a new direction.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Sessions will take place in-centre at Morley College Waterloo

    What you need

    The following materials are recommended: acrylic paints; watercolours; oil paints; a range of brushes; cartridge paper/watercolour paper; sketchbook for written/visual notes; pencils; eraser; PVA glue for sizing (sealing) paper; gummed tape for stretching paper; drawing board for resting/stretching paper on; some simple still life objects with a range of colours and textures.

    What you can do next

    The technical and observational skills learnt on this course are useful in a wide range of art disciplines. You could continue on to courses in Drawing and Painting which are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels at Morley College.