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Brief description

A creative mix of painting, drawing and print sessions. Broaden your horizons, find those hidden talents and build your confidence

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

Leeds City Council funds first Step courses in order to provide an ‘introductory first step’ into learning. Priority for places will be given to:

  • People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.
  • People who are not already on any of Swarthmore’s registers
  • Unemployed people (adults 19+)*
  • People with key and basic skills needs: literacy, numeracy, language.
  • People who are underrepresented in educational opportunities, including black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lone parents & older adults (60+).
  • People in low paid and unskilled work, part time and temporary workers.

* 16-18 year olds may be funded only in exceptional cases

Course description in brief

A creative mix of short painting drawing and print taster sessions. Broaden your horizons, find those hidden talents and build your confidence

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • gained confidence in using a range of craft materials and equipment
    • started to understand some basic design principles
    • increased my visual awareness
    • become aware of some relevant Health & Safety issues
    • created drawings, paintings and prints
    • increased confidence to participate in discussions and feedback
    • evidenced my learning by recording in a simple log, portfolio or sketchbook

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous experience or qualifications are needed to join. All you need is to want to ‘have a go’ and a willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

All the basic working equipment is available in the workshop. It is advisable to wear an apron or old shirt/smock, as some work is rather messy. A pen and paper may be useful for keeping notes and a simple A4 ring binder is useful for keeping notes or handouts given to you.

What materials will I need for the course?

It is unlikely that the cost of materials will be more than £15 per term. Work cannot be taken home until the materials are paid for. The tutor will tell you about any other equipment and materials on the first session of the course.

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Learning about art materials and processes –

  • tonal drawing
  • perspective, one and two point
  • chalk pastels and oil pastels
  • lino block printing
  • painting in acrylics

You will experience a broad range of materials and processes.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

The course will be taught as short taster sessions using a range of arts materials and techniques. This will make it possible to join at various points throughout the course.

We ask that you try to commit to arriving on time for each session to allow the tutor to plan demonstrations and learning activities. As well as creating practical Art & Craftwork you will be encouraged to keep a simple log of learning and build a portfolio or sketchbook of items to demonstrate your learning and development

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

You will take part in discussions with the tutor and class members/group throughout the course to continually review and assess your progress. You and your tutor will assess your progress and achievement during the course and at the end of the course with consideration for other possible progression opportunities

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

There are many possible progression routes you may consider after the course. You may feel ready to enrol onto one of Swarthmore’s accredited courses. Your tutor will tell you about opportunities for progression near the end of the course, or you can make an appointment with an advice and guidance worker to look at courses available at Swarthmore or at other centres.

Several students have used their folio of work to get onto foundation courses at Leeds College of Art.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have the opportunity to feedback what you think about the course at several points. You will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form during the course and you may be asked by your tutor to fill in other evaluation documents. If at any point you have a problem that you would like to discuss that isn’t appropriate for the tutor, make an appointment to see the programme manager or advice and guidance worker.

At the end of the course you will be asked to fill in a simple feedback form

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L540b 2 Friday 10am – 12pm 12 Jan to 23 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £66.00; R rate £22.00; A rate £6.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.