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Drawing & Painting

You will be guided through 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 develop your understanding of processes and techniques in painting. This course will also explore the work of a number of significant artists and art movements to expand your knowledge and is suitable as a refresher course for those who have some art experience.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

10 weeks course:
This course provides an encouraging atmosphere for students who want to discover and develop their drawing and painting skills and techniques. Media covered are charcoal, oil pastel, soft pastel, pencil, watercolours and acrylic and oil painting.
We will look at the work of other artists from around the world and from a range of periods including modern and contemporary art. This will serve to provide inspiration and help students to develop an understanding of topics such as The Elements of Design, Perspective and Composition.
Students will gain experience of drawing and painting from direct observation of Still life, as well as using photographs as source material, and they will be encouraged to develop skills in constructive feedback to support their peers and to deepen their creative practice.
5 weeks course:
As in the Ten Week Course, students will have the opportunity to explore a range of drawing and painting media. For inspiration, we will look at the ways different artists have approached the same subject matter that we are using in class, and source material will include photographs as well as direct observation.

Who is the course aimed at?

Students of all levels of ability are welcome and are fully supported in building a portfolio. Ideal for those who have already attended the Art for Beginners course.

Who will be my tutor?

Name: Melissa Wraxall


Melissa Wraxall is a Bath-based artist, who has exhibited in Vancouver, Sydney, London, and the South West, and has work in private collections in Canada, Australia and the UK. She has a Master of Fine Art from Bath Spa University, and a Bachelor of Art Education from the City Art Institute in Sydney. She has curated three exhibitions in Bath, and has extensive teaching experience including freelance lecturing at the National Gallery in London.

Melissa’s intensely coloured expressionist abstractions, have developed gradually out of the painterly, gestural, figurative paintings and drawings of her Master of Fine Art degree. She balances eye-popping contrasts, with subtle variations of hue and texture, and uses unconventional tools and techniques, alongside brushes and palette knives. Melissa’s titles are arrived at as the work develops, but these are not intended to limit interpretation. Her approach, based on a solid foundation of observational skill, embraces intuition, chance and experimentation.


How will I learn?

Group demonstrations, hands on experience, peer discussion.

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?

Your tutor will advise you on images and items to bring to sessions.

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.

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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.

9 reviews for Drawing & Painting

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Absolutely top stuff – I’d had no idea what it would be like, but I’ve loved it right from the start. Great tutor. She creates a great atmosphere, and really knows her stuff – I could listen to her for ages.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    A really thorough introduction to different media just jumping in and enjoying it. So much helpful tuition – very enjoyable

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course and continue to learn loads under the expert tutelage of Melissa. Its been particularly good to engage with a group of mixed ability where everyone’s work is appreciated and learned from. Thank you.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This course was a great reintroduction to art! I wanted to produce somehting that I could hang on my wall and I have! Melissa is a really patient and well informed tutor.

  5. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Really enjoyable and fun, I started as an almost total ‘newbe’ and found it challenging but with Melissa’s help tackled the various tasks!!

    Really recommend.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Great course for learning various techniques and styles. Melissa was a brilliant tutor.

  7. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Melissa is fantastic teacher. She pushes people out of their comfort zone and has a great eye to be able to tell people what needs changing in their piece. Would recommend to friends. Things could do in future: Play music? / Skip 1st lesson & go straight into it. Too many box drawing!

  8. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Very helpful and welcoming teacher – lovely atmosphere! Lots of support and helpful tips. Thanks very much!

  9. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Interesting to approach different materials.

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