Beginners Painting and Drawing at the Mary Ward Centre (Concessionary Fee Available)


Duration: 12 sessions

Price: £198

Run by: Reception Team
at Mary Ward Centre

020 7269 6054

42 Queen Square
Bloomsbury
London
WC1N 3AQ

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About the Course

Who is this course for
This course is for beginners. No previous experience or skill is required. Each course is one term long but the 3 terms are structured to run over the year. Beginners may also enter in terms 2 or 3, when they can benefit from working alongside those with a little more experience.

Each term will have a different focus: in term one drawing, term two painting and term three mixed media and collage, but this is not exclusive and each term will include practical exercises using all of these different disciplines.

What does this course cover
Term 1 is devoted to drawing in a variety of black and white media. You will work mainly from observation, starting with simple still-lives, in order to develop basic pictorial skills such as mark-making, measurement, line, tone, perspective and composition. Colour will be approached towards the end of term one, firstly with coloured drawing materials and then using acrylic paint. You will learn about basic colour mixing, the colour wheel and tone in colour as well as continuing to develop your skills in observation and composition.

The focus of term 2 will be colour and painting projects firstly from still life moving on to the figure and finally landscapes. Term 2 will also continue to build on drawing skills to compliment and enhance painting.

In term 3 we will work with mixed media and collage. We will concentrate on developing themes and draw and paint from the imagination. This term will also including drawing and painting outside and using sketchbooks to develop ideas.

Each term there will be several sessions with a model, firstly looking at drawing and painting the head and moving on to Life drawing and the clothed figure. There will also be a trip each term to a gallery or museum to look at a chosen exhibition and sketch from the work. Over the 3 terms strategies for collecting and collating source material as well as discussion/ reflection/ appreciation skills are developed.

By the end of the year you will be able to:
1. Draw and paint from observation using various approaches and techniques.

2. Work with colour, mix colour and understand basic colour theory.

3. Identify different tonal values in colour.

4. Begin to develop an individual approach to composition and the use of media.

5. Discuss, appreciate and learn from your own work and that of your fellows.

Mary Ward Centre is an adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable. Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’

Please get in touch for more details and to book your place!

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.



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Course Start Dates

Monday 14th January 2019
Monday 29th April 2019

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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