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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Brendan Murphy
  • Course Code W23PDGD04B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course will help you develop the basic techniques and personal observational principals required to draw and paint, expressively and with confidence. You will explore a variety of drawing and painting media including pencils, charcoal, mixed media, oils, acrylics, and watercolour. The course will introduce still life, landscape and the figure/portrait working to a compositional theme. You will be introduced to new ways of seeing, thinking and working and you will be encouraged to develop your own individual styles and methods

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use observational skills and different drawing and painting techniques
  • Draw and paint with more confidence
  • Demonstrate a confident use of new drawing and painting techniques
  • Work with a range of media and develop your own style
  • Relate your work to contemporary and historical styles and ideas


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    This is a practical online course, and you will spend most of class time drawing and painting at home. Your tutor will send you a lesson plan by email every week, allowing you to prepare materials and subject-matter in advance. The class uses Microsoft Teams for group discussions and for presentations. You will be able to view demonstrations of techniques and materials. Your tutor will offer individual and group feedback on any images of your work that you share.

    Entry requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements but students should have some experience of drawing, e.g. have already taken a beginners’ class.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is an online course, taught via Microsoft Teams which is one of the digital resources provided with your enrolment. The tutor will be available online during class hours and will provide individual feedback where possible. You will need to supply all your own art materials.

    What you need

    You will need your own materials. These should include: cartridge paper (e.g. a sketchbook), soft pencils, eraser, sharpener, willow charcoal, soft pastel, brushes, oils and or acrylics - your tutor will provide guidance for the best value materials.

    What you can do next

    The Drawing and Painting Course - Online in the Summer Term and/or other appropriate progression routes within Drawing & Painting