Introduction to Drawing and Painting CANCELLED (HE09L41A)

You will learn about the core skills of art by exploring observation, tone, form, colour and composition through drawing and painting

When? Tuesday, 10:00am - 12:00pm from 22nd September 2020 until 20th October 2020 for 5 weeks.
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £66.00. The concessionary fee is £34.00. Reduced fees are available to students in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. For more information on applicable benefits and eligibility please see the Financial Support page on our website or contact the ACRES team.

Please see additional cost information below
To avoid unnecessary cost please do not purchase any materials or text books until you are certain that your course will run. Course decisions are normally made a week prior to the course start date.

How to enrol?

You can enrol by phoning ACRES' House on 01825 761820 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10 am and 3 pm. Alternatively, to register your interest in a course please email with the course title and your contact details and a member of the team will call you back to enrol you on your chosen course.

Course overview

This course will take you through the first steps towards gaining new skills and confidence. You will learn about the core skills of art by exploring observation, tone, form, colour and composition through drawing and painting.

This course will focus on art based on plants.

We would like to make you aware that this is an online version of the Introduction to Drawing and Painting course that normally Riga would deliver at the Five Ashes Village Hall. This and the next course starting 3rd November are online. However, we hope to offer courses back at the Five Ashes Village Hall in the New Year, subject to Covid-19 government guidelines. Please check our website for regular updates.

What you already need to know

You do not need any previous knowledge.

What you will learn

The focus of this course will be art based on plants.

You will gain confidence in observational drawing, looking at tone, colour theory and composition as well as having the opportunity to experiment with different mediums and record your own personal development through the use of a sketchbook.

Beginners will be exposed to lots of different approaches and techniques and you will build on your skills as the year develops.

Topics covered will include:
- Ways to represent tone in drawing
- Proportion and perspective
- Ways to construct compositions
- Colour theory and colour mixing
- Ways to use different media

How you will learn it

Using the online medium you will learn directly from your tutor as well as through tutor demonstrations, presentations, online resources and group discussion. Through practical work, there will be an opportunity to explore your own ideas and methods and to receive individual tuition. There will also be an opportunity to look at the source material and the work of other artists.

Padlet will be used to create an online interactive course support page with information, images, examples, demonstrations and video links uploaded to support each session as well as an online gallery for student work. Both of these can be accessed via the links given at the course start and can be used to support your development both in and away from the online classroom.

What do I need to bring to the first session?

ACRES' online courses will be taught in real time using the video platform Google Meet, supported by other online resources. To ensure you get the most out of the course and can fully participate in the sessions you will interact with your tutor and other students through speaking, listening and the chat function, as well as being able to see each other via the video links, though you can turn off your camera and microphone at any time.

You will therefore need to have access to either a laptop, computer or portable device (eg tablet or phone) (this ideally needs to be less than 5 years old), with a camera / webcam and microphone, as well as a good broadband / Wi-Fi connection.

Though it is not essential, you may choose to create a separate email account for your online learning (preferably Gmail which is most compatible with Google Meet). This will give you the added security to allow you to share your email address with your tutor and other students on the course to enhance your learning experience, without disclosing your personal information.

At the start of the course and before each lesson your tutor will send you an invitation with a link to join the class and any further information including resources and equipment you will need for the lesson.

Materials and items you will need to do the course

How much extra study or practice is involved?

You may wish to spend time at home practising skills and techniques from the classes.

What do previous students say?

"I would have no hesitation in recommending this class for anyone contemplating it."

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

If you would like to continue learning drawing and painting, Riga will be delivering a follow-on Introduction to Drawing and Painting online course starting Tuesday 3rd November for 5 weeks

What are the future steps beyond ACRES?

Find out about other courses with the National Careers Service for opportunities to extend your skills and knowledge.

How can I get further information about these?

Please visit the ACRES website, see our brochure, or alternatively contact a member of the team on 01825 761820.