The Art Elements

Line, Colour, Tone + Form, Texture, Shape and Pattern are the Art Elements we use all the time in drawing and painting.  Understanding how they affect your picture-making and learning how to manipulate them is the first step to improving as an artist.  
The Art Elements course consists of 6x evening Classes.  Each evening class is supported by additional projects to be completed at home.  They are designed as extra learning opportunities, for those of you with time,  and will help you to further improve your drawing and painting no matter what your natural style is.

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
Monday or Wednesday evening course

Key Information

Start: 01 Nov 2017

Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec 6
6 x Wed eve 
6.30 – 9pm


includes most materials

Places available
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
      Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm   -or-
      Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • “From week one I knew this was going to be good, and that first class was almost worth the fee alone. I think this course was an incredible experience and I know I’ve learnt a lot over the six weeks – you’ve outdone yourself Brian.”
    Meg K

    “At first daunting, because I haven’t ‘learnt’ to draw, but Brian puts you ease.  And in fact everyone was so supportive in the group that you don’t mind not being good. You can be yourself.”
    Annette H

    “I have learnt a lot about line, style, tonal value and composition. I will approach future work with a lot more thought now.”
    Laura S

    “The lessons are fun, quite easy to follow. I’ve learnt about composition, lines, tone, form, textures, colours and how they relate to one and other, I was a complete beginner so absolutely everything I have learnt will be useful in the future.”
    Katie D

  • Evening Courses: 6.30-9pm
    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.


  • Have a look at the Course gallery.

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  • Materials you will use

    Apart from your sketchbook and basic drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Graphite
    • Charcoal (willow and compressed)
    • Chalk and oil pastels
    • Acrylic paint
    • Collage
    • Mixed media
    • Drawing inks
    • Other materials as well
    • A1 cartridge paper

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials & equipment as well

Course structure

Each evening class begins with teaching and a demonstration with lots of artists examples to help you fully understand the Art Element we are learning about.  The class will involve practical exercises followed by work on the creative project, to further learn about the Art Elements.  

Click the blue Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Drawing in class is based around a variety of still-life arrangements, working on abstract images based on reference material, or your imagination.  All projects are designed to inspire you and support my teaching. 

We will cover the following Art Elements:

Line | getting to grips with how to use line, increase the variety of line you use, and develop your sensitivity towards this most elusive of the art elements.

 Line | Project brief
 A drawing project exploring the expressive qualities of line.

Colour | people react to colour first, so getting it right is vital. Increase your knowledge of how colour effects what you are creating. Develop a confident attitude to using colour.

 Colour | Project brief
 A painting project exploring the expressive qualities of colour.

Tone + Form | this is what makes your art pack a punch.  Get is wrong and your art looks flat and boring.  Learn how tone works within colour and monochrome art work.  It’s about using Tone and Form to create the illusion of space and convincingly solid 3D objects on paper.

 Tone + Form | Project brief
 A drawing project exploring the expressive qualities of tone + form.

Texture | gives your drawings and paintings a tactile quality which always makes people enjoy your art work more.  Texture can be real or visual and be used to describe object surfaces and space.  Learning how to use texture in your images to create contrast is vital in creating strong engaging works of art.

 Texture | Project brief
 A drawing project exploring the surface textures of objects.

Shape + Pattern | it holds drawings together, creates structure and simplifies complex objects.  Shape has many uses and functions. Learn how to understand shape in all its various forms to enable you to create strongly composed images.

 Shape + Pattern | Project brief
 A drawing project exploring why shape and pattern are important when planning compositions.

Composition | the eye is predominantly attracted to shape, tone and pattern.  Using it effectively when structuring a drawing or painting is crucial, but can be tricky to get right.  This session explores the underlying structures found in paintings.

 Composition | Project brief
 A drawing project exploring the best ways of to arrange all the Art Elements within a picture to create a strong composition.


“Friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  Not judgmental so even as a beginner you’re not afraid to put pencil to paper and create something.”
Annette H

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 Learning Links

Why not follow up this course with the Draw + paint: next steps course to give yourself further opportunities to develop your creative confidence in drawing and painting.  Embed and reinforce what you have already learnt, discover how your current knowledge and experience can be developed as you continue your journey towards unlocking your creative potential.  You will have the time and be given encouragement to follow your own creative ideas over 4 different creative projects during the weekend.  

Suitable for beginners to experienced artists
Read the testimonials on the course pages and you’ll see what other students have said.

What can I expect

I have carefully planned 6 evening classes to help you learn about the Art Elements.  Each class is based around exercises and art projects to help you extend your skills and understanding about how to improve your use of the art elements in your own art.  

The projects are designed to be started in class, with further steps to be completed at home if you  have the time.  Homework is an extra option and will not detract from your ability to learn and progress during the course.

 The Art Elements course is specially designed to support your development as a confident, independent and creative artist.  Each project takes inspiration from a well known artist (local or international) and you will find the projects offer you great scope for personal interpretation and the chance to develop your work in a direction that is pleasing to you.  Learning will be encouraged through experimentation, group ‘critiques’, and of course my teaching, demonstrations and 1:1 tutor support throughout.

Choose this course if you want to learn about the
fundamental building blocks of art making and
really understand what it takes to make a stunning picture.

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  1. Paulo Duarte
    May 26, 2017 @ 2:29 pm

    Hi Brian,

    I’m really interested in starting this course in the coming 7th of June but would like to know if you are definitely going ahead with running with it? Do you have a minimum number of students for it to run? The reason I’m asking is that I work as a Chef in a city centre restaurant and need to ask for the nights off in advance and don’t want to ask for it and then have to go back on my request.

    Let me know as soon as possible so I can make the necessary arrangements with work and book the course.

    Kind regards,



    • artfulantics
      May 26, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

      HI Paulo
      Yes, I will be going ahead with the course on 7th June. I have also sent you an email. I look forward to meeting you. Regards, Brian


  2. Lesley Jacobs
    May 18, 2017 @ 11:39 am

    Hi I am interested in the Art Elements course but I see that there are still 7 spaces remaining and wondered whether the course would still go ahead if it was not full and what would happen if I had already paid the fee.


    • artfulantics
      May 18, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

      Hi Lesley
      Good question. I do run courses with lower numbers – I don’t expect all courses to be full. So I would suggest you go ahead and book as this may encourage others and give the course more chance of reaching the minimum enrollments I need to run the course. I do often get last minute bookings so there is still plenty of time for others to decide to book. I usually tell people a week before if it is going ahead or not. I always guarantee people a prompt and full refund if I have to cancel a course, or the opportunity to transfer to another. I hope this is OK. If you have any more questions please email me direct at Kind regards, Brian


  3. Charmaine Barber
    March 18, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

    Hi Brian,
    want to book the course we spoke about, but I´m a bit confused about whether “The Art Elements.” is on a Monday or on a Wednesday evening – I take it it´s Monday as you say, on the 18th?
    It´s just that at the top of this page, where you´ve written some information about it, it then says underneath:

    Suitable for all abilities. Everyone is welcome.
    Wednesday evening course


    • artfulantics
      March 18, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

      HI Charmaine
      The April course is on a Monday eve. Thanks for pointing out the error – I will change it now.
      Regards, Brian


  4. Marcelle
    July 20, 2015 @ 7:17 am

    Good morning , I am interested in art course . Please tell me where you are located ?
    I am in North Manchester .
    Kind regards,
    Marcelle kauffman


    • artfulantics
      July 20, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

      Hi Marcelle
      My studio is located in Ancoats not far from the Etihad football stadium. It is 3 minutes walk from the New Islington metro stop if you’re coming by Metrolink. We have a free off road car park for you to use. There are full directions on my website by clicking here. I live in North Manchester too, so I know it is not too far to get to.

      I hope this helps


  5. Jean McIntyre
    May 4, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    Hi Brian, thank you so much for this project, I’m loving every minute I spend on it. Time flies as I have to concentrate. I shall hopefully see you on the 8th and will bring all the work I have done so far with me. Regards Jean


    • artfulantics
      May 4, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

      Hi Jean
      Good to hear you’re enjoying it. I’d love to see your results. Why not join my facebook group and post an image there?


      • Jean McIntyre
        May 4, 2015 @ 4:35 pm

        I would post an image if I knew what to do, I tend to be a bit stupid when it comes to photos etc. but I will try. Jean


        • artfulantics
          May 9, 2015 @ 8:25 am

          I look forward to seeing it. Good luck with the technical wizardry!


  6. Katie
    April 29, 2015 @ 2:11 pm

    Had my first class of the Art Elements last week with Brian, I’m a complete beginner but I really enjoyed the lesson and looking at other peoples art work, I felt I learnt so much is such a short period of time and I am really looking forward to my next lesson. 🙂


    • artfulantics
      April 29, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

      HI Katie
      Thanks. I really enjoyed teaching the session. It’s good to know that you enjoyed the class and my style of teaching. My aim is always to help students learn and understand the fundamentals of the artistic process, rather than just giving over-simplified step-by-step instructions. See you again next week.


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