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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Gunther Herbst
  • Course Code W23PDGF06A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A friendly introduction to painting and observational skills. You will be guided through techniques of acrylics and oil paint, responding to objects and images.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Explore the basic qualities of gouache, watercolour, acrylics and oil paint
  • Mix paint to create a range of colours and tones
  • Explore composition through drawing for painting
  • Create paintings from observation using each media separately
  • Use materials safely


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will be taught by practical activities and exercises, including working from observation of still-life objects, drawing for painting, creating colour mixes and exploring tonal description through drawing and painting with a limited palette. We will look at the work of artists for inspiration, and you will be guided by 1:1 tuition and group demonstration and discussion. Techniques covered are: tonal description, mixing and using colour, composition. You will work in a variety of materials including pencil and charcoal, and both acrylic and oil paint. Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

    Entry requirements

    The course is suitable for beginners and for those with some experience wishing for a refresher.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Please see materials list below.

    What you need

    You will need to provide your own materials. Watercolour paints 3 primaries will be sufficient: Red, Blue and Yellow. Watercolour brushes: Round tipped’ size 2, 5 and 10 and ‘Flat head’ size: #1 or #2 inches Watercolour paper Fabriano for example between 300 to 400gsm hot pressed Both for Acrylic and Oil Synthetic Brushes Long Handle From sizes 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 They are used for a range of techniques; fine detail, blending, glazing and layering paint. Acrylic and oil paint: 3 primaries Red, Blue Yellow and Black and White For oil paint Linseed Stand oil and Zest it or turps for thinning. Optional is Liquin for speeding up the drying process. Canvas board or Oil and acrylic paper. An apron or overall is useful.

    What you can do next

    There are a variety of excellent painting courses at Morley college where you could develop your progress in oil painting and observational study, in both traditional and experimental techniques. Please look online, ask your tutor for tailored advice, or ring the Visual Arts Office ext 1881. We are happy to help.