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What opportunities will this course give me?

There is nothing quite like losing yourself in a drawing. Pencil to paper, paint to is the perfect way to escape from a busy world. However, for many of us, this lifelong passion for drawing and painting can become lost in the 9-5 and family life.

That's why we have created the Drawing and Painting for Pleasure course. This flexible, engaging course is designed to reignite your love for creating your own art, and support you in finding a space where you can make it a part of your daily life.

Our learners come to us from a huge variety of backgrounds. Many have an interest in Art History, while others simply want to return to the skills they enjoyed so much at school. We have learners who enjoy art but crave the support and accountability of a group, and some are looking for a new challenge and a way to meet different people.

Whatever your reason, the course is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to push themselves out of their comfort zone and dedicate time to doing something that brings them joy.

What will I be learning?

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.

Why is this course for me?

This course is all about variety - we want it to be interesting, dynamic and to cover all bases. You'll learn about artists - both famous within art history and more contemporary - as well as the different techniques that they use. You'll also become more confident in your preferred style of art, be it portrait, still life, landscape or animals. Content will be built around you, the learner, to guarantee you get the most out of your time on the course.

The only assessment comes from a group discussion at the end of the session; it will be informal and 100% non-judgmental. This is your chance to truly be yourself and share your personal thoughts on the lessons learnt.

We have created a safe space, encouraging you to use your intuition and initiative when it comes to decisions within your work. Essentially, it is all about developing your unique craft as an artist.

How will my learning be enhanced?

As a learner with Eastleigh College and, particularly, a leisure course recipient, you will have the chance to display your work for the pleasure of others.

Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?

These courses run outside of the college site, in a variety of locations throughout Southampton. These sites all have their own kitchen or cafe, with free parking and bright spacious rooms.

You will be taught by tutors with extensive experience supporting children and adults in the art field. They are skilled in drawing, painting, printing and Art History, bringing the set together to create enriching, memorable lessons.

They are passionate about helping you express yourself through art: their mission is to help you embrace thoughtful decision making and risk taking with your work.

What do I need to sign up?

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.

Is there anything else 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.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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21/4/2021 - Apply Now


Pavilion on the Park

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10:00 – 12:00





24+: £167.00

23/4/2021 - Apply Now


Fair Oak Village Hall

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10:00 – 12:00





24+: £151.00

22/4/2021 - Apply Now


Dovetail Centre

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10:00 – 12:30





24+: £167.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
P965C Pavilion on the Park 21/4/2021 Wed 10:00 – 12:00 10 £167.00 £167.00 Apply now
L4C Fair Oak Village Hall 23/4/2021 Fri 10:00 – 12:00 9 £151.00 £151.00 Apply now
F965C Dovetail Centre 22/4/2021 Thu 10:00 – 12:30 8 £167.00 £167.00 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 some 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.