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Painting – Holiday Workshop

This Painting course provides intensive tuition in our fully-equipped painting studio for you to discover and develop your painting skills with acrylics, watercolours and oils. You will have the opportunity to try different approaches and to explore a number of traditional and experimental techniques. 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?

Through practical art making, and discussing images of other artists’ work, you will be introduced to the ways that the Elements and Principles of Design can be used to compose and develop a painting. There will be practical demonstrations of painting techniques including colour mixing, and the uses of appropriate solvents and additive media. There will also be individual tuition to help you develop your observational and technical skills as your paintings evolve. We will make paintings from both still life and photographs, and you will have the opportunity to develop an individual project of your own, to complete the course.

Who is the course aimed at?

Students of all levels of ability are welcome.

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?

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

What can I do after this course?


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 art materials are supplied. Students should wear suitable clothing or bring aprons or old shirts to protect clothes. They will need to bring an old ceramic dinner plate, preferably white, as a palette for oil painting. You may be asked to bring in photographs for some projects. Optional: thin flexible nitrile or vinyl gloves for oil painting.

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.


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