Overview of course
To introduce people to the basic skills and techniques that will enable them reach the first rungs of the artistic ladder.
What will I learn?
This course will enable students of all ages to try out pencils, pens and paint brushes as part of a group led by a professional artist who will guide and steer their first attempts to a successful conclusion. No previous experience is necessary but struggling starters and leisure painters are most welcome.
The 5 weeks would break down as follows:
1. Basic drawing skills
2. Perspective and People
3. Mixed media â€“ charcoal and ink
4. Basic painting skills â€“ colour mixing etc.
5. Watercolour and acrylics
Who is the course for?
Will I have to provide anything?
To the first session please bring along a basic pencil & sketchbook pad.
Please do not purchase any of the materials below until after your first session, the tutor will talk to you regarding what to buy during your first week.
Students will need a 2B pencil, an eraser and pencil sharpener, a pad of A4 cartridge paper and a similar size pad of watercolour paper.
For painting a small field set of watercolour half pans is needed plus two round brushes (a number 5 and a number 12). It is suggested that students buy from the Daler-Rowney range of Graduate brushes (£2.50 each) and spend about £8 to £10 on the watercolours. A cheap childs set is not suitable.
Steer clear of really cheap watercolour paper such as the Crawford and Black pads and don't buy cheap watercolours from the market or discount stores. By cheap we mean a whole set of 12 or 15 tubes for £2. Really cheap materials are available but not a good way to start drawing and painting as a hobby.
Access to the main college car park is via Beeton's Way (IP33 3TT). At your first session please go to Main Reception in The Gateway where you will be met by the tutor or directed to your classroom.
I'm interested. What should I do now?
Please enrol using the link or contact Adult Education (West Suffolk College) on either 01284 716342 or 01284 716297
Days & times
Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00