When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code W22PDGF02A

What you will learn

For experienced students who want to further their skills and develop a personal and contemporary approach to painting, whether figurative or abstract. The course focusses on studio practice, working from your own drawings, photographs, memories or imagination. . You will learn through self-directed painting, individual tutorials, technical demonstrations, lectures, gallery visits and group discussions. Entry is by interview with portfolio of work.

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

  • Use sketchbooks and studies to develop new work
  • Understand and manage complex colour relationships
  • Use layers of paint to create visual and physical textures
  • Make finished paintings that are personal and experimental
  • Discuss modern and contemporary paintings with improved understanding


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This is primarily a practical course and you will spend a lot of time making artwork and developing your own independent practice. Painting is understood in a broad context and may include elements of drawing, collage, photography, digital images and 3-Dimensional work. Your tutor will help you to develop on-going individual work through one-to-one tutorials and group discussions. There will be group tasks and workshops to explore aspects of painting practice such as drawing and colour mixing, as well as technical demonstrations by your tutor. You will be shown the work of interesting and stimulating artists through books and illustrated lectures. There will also be occasional group visits to galleries. This course will culminate in an exhibition onsite in the Barry Till Gallery at Morley or online - if required by Covid 19 restrictions.

    Entry requirements

    Entry to this course is by interview with portfolio (or photos) of recent work including sketchbooks. Call 020 7450 1934 or email artdesign@morleycollege.ac.uk to request an interview. You do not need to have done a lot of painting in a conventional sense but should be willing to engage with modern and contemporary paintings.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is an intensive course and we work hard during each session. To get the most from the course, you will need to think about, research and make work between classes. In 20/21 you will be expected to attend college remotely or in person every Friday. Because of COVID 19 restrictions, contextual studies, support with ideas development and 1:1 tutorials will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Practical parts of the course will be held onsite in D11 at Morley with social distancing. In term 1, we are considering dividing the cohort into two groups, with students attending in person one day every other week to use the painting facilities. The studios have been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment with a maximum of 8 learners and you will be expected to comply with the distancing guidance. We strongly advise that you bring and wear a face protector and you will be asked to wash your hands on arrival. While work stations will be sanitised before your session, you will be required to wipe down your chair, easel and table before you leave using the disinfectant sprays and paper towel provided.

    What you need

    Because of current restrictions, it is not advisable to share materials and the Morley college shop is not operating. You are therefore advised to provide all your own materials except cartridge paper and primer. You should bring a sketchbook and notebook to every class. You will need oil or acrylic paint, brushes, palette knife, charcoal, ink, etc. but these will vary depending on the direction your work takes as the course develops. These can be ordered online. You will also need to put aside time during the week to do research on techniques and artists, visit exhibitions and do some artwork at home. You will need access to the internet and a computer (desktop, laptop, tablet or iPad) that allows you to view images in a good size and quality. Your device will have a (built-in) microphone so you can join in discussions, and have a camera so we can see each other in class. A digital camera and/or smartphone with a camera is essential for documenting work.

    What you can do next

    Students form this course have gone on to study Fine Art at degree level, both Ba and MA. Another progression route is the Fine Art Mentoring Course ta Morley, which meets on selected Sundays through the year.