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What career opportunities can this lead to?

The college offer a number of art courses within the leisure programme. Please browse our website for details.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements to attend this course, just an interest and enthusiasm for drawing and painting and a willingness to learn and try out new ideas.

What does this programme involve?

A variety of techniques such as pencil, charcoal, watercolours and acrylics will be demonstrated to the group. Most weeks a link will be made to an artist style/technique, helping to put art history into a context, linking the learner's work to an artists style. Art from the 20th century will be the main area of interest.

Topics such as colour mixing, proportion, composition, tone and contrast will be covered. Individuality and personal preference are encouraged, and everyone produces their own unique work. Learners are encouraged to experiment, to try new methods and techniques and to take a positive risk with their work.

Assessment is purely through discussion, no exams or tests are involved.

A College Certificate will be awarded on request.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The class often starts with a demonstration and discussion. Resources are provided to help support the students' own practical work. Tuition is often highly individual. Lessons and a scheme of learning is planned, but if a student has a particular idea in mind, that can be discussed with the tutor.

Some art history will be studied, which will link directly to the theme of the session, although the majority of the time will be spent on practical work, enabling students to create their own pieces and develop their skills.

The sessions are very relaxed and informal, with a positive and non-judgemental atmosphere. Learners discuss work and progress, in a supportive and friendly ambience. The tutor has a great deal of experience working with both children and adults, and appreciates that not everyone will come with the same skills and experience. Several important aims are to develop skills, increase confidence and to be happy and proud of their work.

What else do I need to know?

This course is suitable for anyone. Beginners and improvers are both welcome.

Please bring drawing paper, 2B pencil, eraser and sharpener, along with any other equipment you may have. Learners will be asked to bring in photographic resources most weeks to help with their work. However, resources will be available to the group, provided by the tutor every week.

Learners can spend as much or as little as they want. Learners will be responsible for the purchase of materials relevant to the course. Initially, please bring any materials you already have.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
F965A Dovetail Centre 26/9/2019 Thu 10:00 – 12:00 10 £160.00 £160.00
L4A Fair Oak Village Hall 27/9/2019 Fri 10:00 – 12:00 10 £160.00 £160.00
F965B Dovetail Centre 23/1/2020 Thu 10:00 – 12:00 9 £143.00 £143.00 Apply now
L4B Fair Oak Village Hall 24/1/2020 Fri 10:00 – 12:00 9 £143.00 £143.00 Apply now
L4C Fair Oak Village Hall 1/5/2020 Fri 10:00 – 12:00 9 £143.00 £143.00 Apply now
F965C Dovetail Centre 30/4/2020 Thu 10:00 – 12:00 9 £143.00 £143.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Course Notice

Unfortunately this course is now full. Please select another date, if available, or click here to submit an enquiry. By doing so our admissions team can contact you if a place becomes available.