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Art for the Community - Beginners

Course aims

This course will enable you to learn basic drawing and painting skills, which you will use to produce a range of observational studies as well as finished paintings.

During the course you will look at skills for employment within the field.

Include elements of research and development into your working projects.

Consider how to develop and transfer your subject knowledge for community/ citizenship use.

Will I gain a qualification?

No – this is a non-accredited course.

Course Length

Courses last from approx 11 to 24 weeks, and sessions are for 2.5 hours.

Who is this course for?

This course if for anyone who wants to learn the basics of drawing and painting, either for self-improvement, to aid relaxation, or to progress to other art and design courses.

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You won’t need experience of drawing or painting for this course. However, as it involves a small amount of reading and some work around measurements and proportion, so you will need to have basic literacy and numeracy skills. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

What will I learn?

  • The basic principles of drawing.
  • The principles of painting with at least one type of paint.
  • The importance of close observation.
  • How to use and store equipment and materials correctly and safely.
  • A basic knowledge of art historical movements and styles.

What could this course lead to?

This course will provide you with basic knowledge and skills you will need to join other art and design courses, or to progress to Intermediate Level study in Drawing and Painting. You will have opportunities to exhibit your work at the BAES End of Year Show.

How will I learn?

  • Tutor demonstration and instruction.
  • Exploring tools, equipment and techniques.
  • Independent practical activities and experimentation.
  • By carrying out critical evaluations of your own, and the work of others.
  • By producing a portfolio of work.

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from this course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual and bring the correct materials and equipment to each session.

Important information

Course fees do not cover the cost of equipment or materials. For the first session, please bring soft drawing pencils, a folder for your work and a sketchpad. As the course progresses, you will need to buy paints, brushes and other sundry items. Your tutor will advise you about the detail.

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