Drawing and Painting Part 3 "A" Course did not run (UC09L02B)

The focus of this course is project work: learning how to use your existing skills and knowledge of drawing and painting to develop your own individual artistic style or language.

When? Monday, 09:30am - 12:00pm from 2nd November 2020 until 30th November 2020 for 5 weeks.
Where? This is an online course.
How much does it cost? The full fee is £82.00. The concessionary fee is £42.00. 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.

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You will need to bring a range of basic art materials to include pencils, preferred paints and brushes and a sketchbook. Also any specialised equipment needed to pursue a particular medium or genre - the tutor will advise. To avoid unnecessary cost please do not purchase any materials or textbooks 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 adultlearning@acres.org.uk 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

Drawing and Painting Part 3 - Project-based Workshop has a different focus to that of the previous Drawing and Painting courses. On this course you will continue to work with observational drawing, studies of tone, form, colour and composition, but you will aim to employ these core skills and knowledge to explore and develop your own unique art style and language.

Guided project work will be optional and there will be an emphasis on own project work. Students will be encouraged to approach their artwork as a professional artist may, taking an initial idea, developing it through research and experiment and then producing a final original piece of artwork on page or canvas.

This course's focus will be landscape art.

We would like to make you aware that we are expecting to return to face to face teaching on Monday mornings at the Belmont Centre in the New Year. Please check our website for regular updates.

What you already need to know

This workshop is, ideally, for those who have completed a year of the Introduction to Drawing and Painting courses and a year of the Drawing and Painting Part 2 courses or for those with some artwork experience and who wish to now concentrate on and receive support with their own personal project work.

You will have a basic understanding of drawing, tone, form, colour and composition.

What you will learn

The theme of this course will be landscape art.

The focus of this course is learning how to use your existing skills and knowledge of drawing and painting to develop your own individual artistic style or language. During the course, you will have the opportunity to learn about, and experience for yourself, the decision processes involved when you start with a general concept and take it through to a final piece of original artwork. You will look at how to investigate source material, examine different compositions and viewpoints, consider the effects of using different media or techniques, how to use study drawings to increase confidence and develop ideas, and finally how to analyse your work in order to recognise areas of possible improvement.

During the course, Riga will support you to
- investigate source material and experiment with different compositions, approaches, viewpoints and conditions to allow your ideas to develop and even change.
- use a sketchbook efficiently, look at why you may wish to use study sketches and now to explore different styles and approaches, for example, choosing to focus in-depth on one of the core skills or maybe moving away from purely observational drawing and painting e.g to more abstract interpretations
- develop picture critiquing skills in order to see more and therefore inform and improve your own work.
- recognise gaps in knowledge and core skills in order to revisit those areas and make improvements.
- take a more proactive role in your learning and lead the development of your own artist's style or voice.

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 will be given additional tasks to complete at home if you wish to do so, but these will be optional.

What do previous students say?

What I enjoyed most about the course was:

"Learning and working on one theme to reach an end product after a few weeks."

I have improved technically. I have more confidence to try new ways of painting."

"Every class was enjoyable!"

What are the next steps within this subject with ACRES?

We hope to be able to offer the next Drawing and Painting Part 3 course back in the Belmont Centre in the New Year. Please check our website for up-to-date information on all of ACRES upcoming courses.

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.