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Painting – Life

This course explores the representation of the human form, working from the life model. Study is based on observation using short and long poses. These sessions provide opportunities for experimentation and the development of various drawing and painting skills. Students of all levels of ability are welcome and are fully supported in building a portfolio.


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?

Understanding proportion; Drawing & painting techniques and approaches; Development of observational awareness; Developing and understanding of shape and form; Materials and their uses – paint, charcoal, ink, graphite, pastels.

Who is the course aimed at?

Students of all levels of ability are welcome.

Who will be my tutor?

Jackie Harding. “My lifetime passion for drawing and painting began when I was a child. I attended Junior Art School in Sheffield from the age of 11, going on to Sheffield College of Art. I finished my art education at the Slade School of Fine Art in the 1960s, where I was lucky enough to have Frank Auerbach as my personal tutor.”
Since then I have continuously taught Painting and Drawing part-time, whilst pursuing my career as an exhibiting painter.
Over these many years I still retain my enthusiasm in passing on all the knowledge I have accumulated to share with my students in this never ending journey of study.

How will I learn?

Individual guidance is given through the development of observational and practical skills; Peer reviews; Study of painters/artists past & present.

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?

All basic materials are provided. Your tutor will advise you if any extra materials need to be purchased.

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.

23 reviews for Painting – Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Individually tailored advice that enables students of all abilities to progress and improve their skills and techniques.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lovely tutor, good models & open to experimentation.

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Jackie is an inspiration always & shows me how to go beyond my comfort zone. Lighting is a problem; too bright with dark patches.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Jackie is superb. Treasure her!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Very enjoyable as usual with lovely models & inspiring teacher!

  6. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Jackie is an excellent teacher. She motivates and encourages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    I am very happy with the course, it was a great experience. Thank you very much.

  8. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Excellent tutor and I’ve learnt a lot in my first term.

  9. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Jackie’s tuition is always helpful and opens up ideas & challenges I’ve missed. Good life models this term. Lighting in the studio is uneven & in some positions blinding – this should be improved.

  10. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Very good!

  11. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Great to be able to work on same image over 2-3 weeks and Jackie so good at encouraging me to stick with it when it’s not working – until the corner is turned. Jackie provides a great atmosphere and a good mix of support and challenge.

    This is a great opportunity to get the feedback and support to really move on with my work. Very helpful teaching style.

  12. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fantastic tutor, very supportive and knowledgeable.

  13. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fantastic as always Jackie our teacher is excellent and the course is so enjoyable.

    However why can’t we ever have a few weeks in the summer term?!

  14. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Jackie’s thoughtful teaching and empathy are an important part of our learning process

  15. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    As always Jackie’s empathy, knowledge and keen eye … allows for discovery and improvement. Always something new. Thank you.

  16. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    A very good course. Would like it to continue into Summer term.

  17. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    The occasional shortage of equipment are compensated for by the excellent tutor.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lovely – fantastic tutor as always!

  19. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Encouraging and supportive, informative and inspiring, the teacher gently brings to light proportion, perspective, form, tone. Very helpful and enjoyable.

  20. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Excellent teacher. Always supportive and helpful.

  21. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fantastic teacher with the most gentle and informed touch

  22. 5 out of 5

    Really enjoyed and benefitted from the course. Jackie is an inspirational teacher, who has really helped me develop my drawing and painting skills. I would recommend the course to both beginners and experienced artists.

  23. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this course. The teacher is great and ensured that each week was very interesting and varied. She is good at guiding you and advising on how to get the result you want from your painting. I would definitely recommend this course.

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