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Brief description

A course for beginners wanting to learn the basics of oil painting using safe water mixable oil paints.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

  • People wanting to build underlying skills in order to build the confidence to join other higher level accredited courses.
  • 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.
  • New Learners

Course description in brief

To introduce the student to water mixable oil paints, materials and surfaces. You will gain knowledge and produce work that reflects an individual investigation into painting light/colour/tone etc and experiment with various water mixable painting mediums/techniques and surfaces using portraits and still life as subject matter.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • gained confidence using the basic materials and equipment used in painting.
    • started to understand some basic design principles.
    • increased your visual awareness.
    • become aware of some relevant Health & Safety issues in the art studio.
    • created a oil painting.
    • increased confidence by participate in discussions and feedback.
    • evidence of learning 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 willingness to help create a supportive learning environment for all participants

What equipment will I need for the course?

The practical needs of the course will be discussed at the beginning of the course as some materials may be available to borrow: Water mixable oil paints , Brushes, Palettes, Protective clothing, Small art box, drawing materials, Oil painting paper/canvas, Rags, Water container, Painting mediums.

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

Induction/enrolment/health & safety. You will be informed of the necessary equipment and materials needed for the course. Your tutor will demo how to use paints etc. students fill in logs. WK2- WK4 Induction for latecomers. In these sessions students will look at the fundamental building blocks of painting such as how to see colour and value relationships, the difference between tints/shades and tone etc. you will also produce value charts/colour wheel and swatches.blocks of painting such as how to see colour and value relationships, the difference between tints/shades and tone etc. you will also produce value charts/colour wheel and swatches. Your tutor will demonstrate painting techniques and give an introduction to portraits/features etc and mixing flesh tints.WK5-WK8: – These weeks are mainly concerned with painting a still life. Putting into practice what has been gleaned from the earlier sessions. Emphasis will be on composition and painting techniques. During these weeks students will produce a still life painting of their own.WK9-10: – During these last two sessions students will start a self portrait painting using the alla prima technique.

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

We hope that you are able to attend all sessions. We ask that you 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 project sheets to demonstrate your learning and development. To help each other to learn. To be pleasant to other students/staff.

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. Laterally onto another Beginners course in another craft area; progress onto an arts leisure course . The tutor will give information about progression opportunities near the end of the course, or an appointment with an advice and guidance worker can be made.

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.

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
L500b 2 Friday 1pm – 3pm 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?

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