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This Painting course provides tuition in our fully-equipped painting studio for you to discover and explore your painting skills and the opportunity to develop different approaches to this subject. You will be able to experiment with a range of media which includes acrylics, watercolours and oils. You will also look at the work of other artists to gain inspiration and understanding.


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 painting skills and techniques using acrylics, watercolours and oils.
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 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 acrylics, oils and watercolours. 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.

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?

You will learn through practical demonstrations and one-to-one tuition.

What can I do after this course?

Studio 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?

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.

15 reviews for Painting

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    5 week course: This course was not only informative but relaxing and fun. I’ve learned loads from the tutor who is laid back, accepting, patient and extremely knowledgable. Melissa is so supportive and I’ve loved it.

  2. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    5 week course: Great course. It was fun, interesting and I learnt alot about the different mediums. Will definitely continue with my painting!!

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    5 week course: Really enjoyed the course and felt like I learnt alot about different techniques in a space of 5 weeks! Challenges were interesting and taught about different aspects of painting – great! Thank you

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    5 week course: Good introduction to media and styles. Right balance of tuition/painting time. Melissa v. encouraging.

  5. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    5 week course: I learned some new techniques but didn’t feel that there was enough time to go into more detail. I enjoyed the course.

  6. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    5 week course: Really enjoyed the course, I hadn’t painted in a while and over time I had the confidence to draw and paint and get back in touch with creative side.

  7. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    5 week course

  8. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    5 week course: Challenging tasks, good overview of painting techniques in a short space of time.

  9. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Fun, with new & interesting briefs each week. Melissa was great. Building confidence with each painting.

  10. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Really informative, fun & encouraging.

  11. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Very good tuittion even though I’m a real beginner. Tutor was/is very encouraging and patient as well as obviously knowledgeable. Looking forward to next course.

    Hated the lethal tables in art room

  12. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this course, I liked the range of media we used. Whilst I enrolled to keep my daughter company I feel I gained confidence in my own very limited ability. Thank you Melissa.

  13. 5 out of 5

    I would like to do another Painting course but the only non-specific one on offer is the introduction to art. A ‘carry on’ course would be good with a different emphasis perhaps.

    • Hi Gillian,
      Thanks for your feedback. I’ve passed your comments on and we’ll see if we can provide a carry on course in the future.
      Many thanks,

  14. 5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed this course, the teacher is encouraging and positive, the atmosphere is relaxed and creative. The focus is on still life and we used water colour, oil paint and acrylic to explore different techniques. I found it very stimulating to meet other people of all ages with a passion for painting. I can thoroughly recommend it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    This course exceeded my expectations for the welcoming, easy but honest tutoring given by the teacher. I became very aware of certain techniques and things to consider which I felt really propelled me forwards. I was someone who had never done an art Gcse or in fact any painting in the past and joined this course more out of curiosity than anything else. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone wanting to ‘see what they can do’. The only critisism I have is that I cannot enrole onto a further 10 weeks to develop what’s just begun.

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