Art - Beginners

Learning Aspects: Key Skills / Techniques / Outcomes

Subject techniques: Drawing and painting (watercolours / acrylics / mixed media)

Tools / equipment: Drawing pencils, cartridge paper, watercolours, watercolour paper, brushes, acrylic etc

Research and enrichment: You will look at a range of historical and contemporary artists and learn from the techniques they have used in their work to develop your own outcomes.

Sustainability: Efficient planning of work to ensure materials can be re-used. Advice on purchasing sustainable and eco-friendly products.

Project / Product outcome

Program teaching is delivered through a blend of classroom teaching and online learning, for example:

  • Tutor demonstrations
  • Practical activities
  • Research discussions

You will be expected to work independently and engage in group tasks in order to develop your skills and knowledge. The course covers a range of techniques, skills, sustainability an awareness of employment other opportunities in the subject.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Create developmental pieces of work
  • Use artists work to influence personal outcomes
  • Produce a final piece


This course is aimed at absolute beginners and those who have limited drawing and painting skills. Throughout this course you will develop drawing and mark-making skills in pencil and pen and also be introduced to basic painting techniques. By the end of the course you will have produced a number of development pieces and have completed at least one finished piece applying the techniques learnt. You will need basic levels of English and Maths. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

Course length

Course lengths vary. Please check the BAES web site  BAES Learning Directory, visit or telephone one of our adult learning centres for details of dates and start times.

Next steps

It could lead to further courses in Art & Design at higher levels.

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual and bring the correct materials to each session. A commitment to working independently outside the classroom is required.

Costs – Additional to course fees

Some basic tools and equipment are available for your use at the centres. However, you may need to purchase some tools and materials for your project if you wish to use materials you do not already own. The additional course costs will vary depending on the materials you may wish to purchase. Here are some approximations for good quality student quality materials which would be more than suitable for this course.

Watercolour starter pack - from £30
1 x Cotman Pocket Box 1 x Prolene Series 101 size 8, 1 x Prolene Series 106 Flat 1/2", 1 x Small Round Palette, 1 x 2B graphite pencil, 1 x 12" plastic ruler, 1 x eraser 7 x sheets of Fabriano NOT watercolour paper130lb (280gsm) 11" x 7.5" watercolour paper

Drawing sketchbook from £3

Drawing pencils set of 6 from £5

Drawing pens set of 3 from £5

Acrylic starter pack from £29.99
Cass Art Oil & Acrylic Pad 250gsm, 12 Sheets Daler Rowney, Simply Gold Taklon Brush Set of 6, Cass Art Acrylic Paint Set of 8 x 75ml

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