Painting Now (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University

Painting Now (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University


This course is the ideal opportunity to explore traditional and modern approaches to painting in watercolour, gouache, acrylic and ink.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to experiment with a range of techniques using each of these mediums.

The course is aimed at the adventurous beginner and those with more experience as it will build on the basics of painting: the qualities of paint, how to use paint in an effective way and how to plan and create original compositions in your own style.

On this course, you’ll be encouraged to create a range of work that explores both the medium of paint and your own painting style.

Throughout the course, there’ll be a range of practical activities and inspiring projects for you to engage with, supported by demonstrations of specific materials and techniques, and supportive group critiques.

You’ll study how to effectively use different applications including impasto, sgraffito, dry-brushing, wet-on-wet, mark-making and texture gels.

During the course you will:

- identify traditional and modern painting techniques
- complete painting exercises and understand colour theory
- research your own subject matter that interests you
- learn how to select the best materials to use, including supports and primers
- improve your brush and tool techniques
- develop an individual painting project.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have created a portfolio of new, innovative work.

You’ll leave with a good knowledge of painting techniques and mediums and have the confidence to produce further works to keep developing your skills.

The course could also be a means to progress within fine art into different materials or approaches.

Level: Open to all

Entry requirement: Beginners, as well as those with experience, are welcome.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You'll find bright painting studios in which to develop your ideas.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you’re welcome to use them as a resource for research and reference.

Tutor Profile: Margot Shores has taught drawing and painting at the Royal Academy as well as schools and various universities and colleges.

In addition to her BA and MA in Fine Art, she has a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training.

Margot’s expertise lies in providing a studio situation in which everyone can achieve their individual goals.

She specialises in experiential learning and questioning to enhance students’ creativity, offering a platform from which their art can be launched.

As a practising fine artist, Margot focuses on drawing and painting and undertakes commissions.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

One week of quality tuition from an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.


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50 Shakespeare Street

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5 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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