Painting Now - Nottingham Trent University



This course is the ideal opportunity to explore traditional and modern approaches to painting in watercolour, gouache, acrylic, ink and oil or water-mixable oil paint. 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 referencing. Here's what our previous attendees said: 'This course has given me a HUGE amount of confidence. It gave me exposure to lots of different ideas and the chance to utilise high quality materials' MB 'Thoroughly enjoyed this course, it is the best of it's type I have attended' SD 'The course and the tutor were an absolute delight, thank you Margot' JL 'The course has been a fantastic oppourtinity to challenge myself and given me the confidence to experient with various styles and materials' EK 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.

What's included in the price?

This course will be delivered in person on Nottingham Trent University city campus. Your course fees cover the cost of studies and include great benefits such as the use of our modern library on the campus during your course. You will also need to bring with you: • any painting equipment you like to work with • a sketchbook (of any size) • biros, pencils and charcoal • inks and brushes • a basic set of acrylics, watercolours and gouache (some will be provided too). On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance..


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Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • UK Holiday
  • Residential
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
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For our week-long summer school courses, we offer single rooms in shared apartments in Nottingham Trent University’s city campus accommodation, which is ideal if you're looking to be based in Nottingham's lively city centre and want an economical place to stay.

Bookings are taken on a seven-night basis, from Saturday to Saturday.

The rooms are single occupancy, with a private bathroom.

You will be sent a link to book your accommodation once you have made your course booking through Craft Courses.

We offer accommodation during the summer only. We are unable to offer university accommodation during term time (for evening and weekend courses) but you'll find plenty of places to stay nearby, as we're located in the city centre.


Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, 50 Shakespeare Street, NG1 4FQ