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Art for Beginners

This Art for Beginners course is designed for people who have always yearned to explore their creativity, but have not known where to begin. During this course you will be introduced to the basics of drawing, composition and tonal painting in a traditional studio environment. Tuition will be given in the exploration of colour and you will be able to explore a number of processes and techniques in painting. As part of this introductory course you will also explore the work of a number of significant artists and art movements to expand your understanding.

Time 18:15 - 20:45
Days Running Wednesday
Duration 10 weeks
Location City Centre Campus
Price £199
Spaces 1
Course Code L93AFB1-BEL1B2021

What topics are covered?

Drawing from observation; Mark making & materials – graphite, charcoal & inks; Proportion, perspective and techniques of looking; Colour theory; Tonal painting techniques in acrylic; Painting applications – watercolour, impasto and mark making; Looking at key artists relating to your projects; Mixed media and texture; Developing preparatory studies for final works

Who is the course aimed at?

For those new to Art & Design wishing to learn basic skills and techniques in a structured but relaxed studio environment.

How will I learn?

Each session will focus on a key aspect in painting and drawing techniques. You will be guided and supported working from studio set ups and other resources to explore and develop your work.

What can I do after this course?

Drawing and Painting

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring an apron or wear clothes that don’t matter if they get messy.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

7 reviews for Art for Beginners

  1. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Very interesting – only missed one week.

    Tutor very helpful and knowledgeable.
    Lots of palettes very mucky.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Interesting, fun, instructive with excellent tuition. 10 weeks of varied projects but building on previous weeks ideas. Would thoroughly recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    I am now 19 and I haven’t done any art since I did my GCSEs. Doing this course meant that I could find art enjoyable again. I learned some useful skills and felt comfortable and welcome in the class. It was an excellent experience.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tutor is excellent but resources are very poor.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course run by Kate O’Brien. All classes well prepared and all materials available
    I would like to suggest that this course ran for 3 terms rather than the one. Everyone in the class wished to continue into another term.

  6. 5 out of 5


  7. 3 out of 5

    “The course is graded 3 overall because the quality of teaching was variable. The second half of the course was well structured and each session had an element of challenge. Consequently, there was greater interaction between the teacher and the students and each session contained more reviews of work and an ‘even better if’.

    The first half of the course contained less challenge and so progress was slower. The introductory session, first session, particularly, could have been more effective in putting students at their ease, and setting the tone of learning. For example, setting stools in the middle of the room, welcoming students and short introductions. I would suggest that asking students to stand behind a large easel puts an immediate barrier between the teacher and the students.

    The numbers did drop off during the course. However, those who were left were all fairly confident individuals and we established a really good relationship with the teacher by the end of the course. We all said we would like a follow-up, next level course with the same teacher.”

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