Entry Level Painting

Learn how to paint and draw, step by step, stroke by stroke at your pace.

Entry Level Painting

Have you always wanted to learn how to draw and paint, but didn't know where to start? 

Join our four-week entry-level course on the basic principles involved in drawing and painting. Study focus in a range of commonly used media.

During this course, we will visit the same scene with four different painting and drawing media. Each week, you will learn a new principle through techniques and demonstrated processes. Your work will be supported through the structures of the assignment. Each assignment, where possible, will focus on placement, proportion, perspective, value, colour and edge quality.

The aim of this course is to facilitate an easier transition to our moderate and advanced level Painting and Drawing: Master Studies and Watercolours class.

But there's no rush 'graduate', every four-week cycle will contain a different study theme. So you can take the course as many times as you'd like until you feel ready to try something different. Remember, everyone is different and it's ok to take things at your own pace."


1 Dec 2022 Hands 3 & 10 November 2022 Developing As An Artist 17 & 24 November 2022 Developing As An Artist 1, 8 &15 September Developing As An Artist 6 & 13 Oct 2022 Developing As An Artist 20 & 27 Oct 2022 Developing As An Artist 22 & 29 September Developing As An Artist 4 & 11 August Developing As An Artist 18 & 25 August Developing As An Artist Part 2 July Monthly Study 2022 Landscape With Hay Bales 2 30 June Evening Street Scene (1) 5 To 26 May Lady With Scarf (1)

Geek Notes

Benefits of engaging in visual arts include:

  • Self-expression 
  • Self-discovery
  • Benefit relationships
  • Social cohesion
  • Sense of achievement
  • Mental health
  • Improving wellbeing
  • Maintaining cognition.

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Each class has been assigned points relating to potential benefit (or impact) from the activity type based on the underlying research evidence. The points for visual arts activities are shown below.


*** strong benefit        ** medium benefit        * mild benefit

No stars means no known benefit for that domain.

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John Skelcher
John is a practising landscape painter en plein-air with over 15 years of art tutoring experience. Since graduating with his degree in Fine Art Painting and Drawing, John studied classical realist painting at Angel Academy Florence and The Paris Academy of Art and his work has appeared in national exhibitions both in Britain and abroad. John has been listed in various international art competitions and featured on Sky Arts’ ‘Landscape Painter of the Year’ in 2018. “Art has the power to transform, illuminate and to educate, inspire and motivate”
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