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Begin to draw and paint

Begin to draw in a creative studio.

Begin to draw + paint with confidence.  Banish your worries or confusion and learn to enjoy your drawing and painting.

Learn how to start drawing and painting with step by step demonstrations (perspective, shading, measuring proportions), practical exercises, and insightful tips and tricks to help you avoid common mistakes.  Try-out lots of different drawing and painting materials with clear instructions in how to use them correctly.  Get answers to all your burning questions about drawing and painting.  
You’ll never have to say “I can’t draw” ever again. 

Begin to draw + paint is the absolute-beginners guide to essential drawing techniques and guide to art materials. 
Draw + paint: next steps is the course for those beginners who are ready to take the next step to establishing confident drawing, painting and creative skills.

Suitable for absolute-beginnersEveryone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course

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includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4.30pm

29-30 July 2017


9 – 10 Sept 2017

  • Materials Starter Pack
    Includes |click here >


    -or bring the following:

    Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Plastic erasor
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
    Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A3, 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

Course structure

After 30 years as an artist and designer I have loads of information, advice and guidance to share with you.  Leave the course with renewed confidence ready to pursue your hobby free from doubt or worry.

Purchase your Materials Starter Pack from me
or click the blue Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

 Session 1 (Saturday morning)
We will start the day with an introduction to the humble pencil – there’s more to using pencil and graphite that meets the eye.  You will learn about the range of rubbers and erasers on offer and how to choose the right one for your drawing.  This very busy morning session will also cover blending techniques, what a Tortillion is and how to use a blending stump correctly. 

 Session 2 (Saturday afternoon)
After lunch I will teach you all you ever need to know about 2-point perspective so you can draw objects that look 3D, before you have a go and put the theory to the test for yourself.  Learning how to measure proportion and angles is crucial if you are to learn how to draw accurately and I will give you plenty of tips and tricks in how to do this for yourself.  You will then have a go at using these techniques yourself while I am at your side helping you every step of the way. 

The day will end with an optional fact-finding mission and guided tour to  Cass Art and Fred Aldous, Manchester’s 2 Northern Quarter art shops.  If you’ve ever felt baffled or daunted by the overwhelming display of art materials and don’t know your emulsion from your alkyd, your fan from your rigger – this is your opportunity to banish your confusion. 

Metrolink ticket inclusive of course fee

 Session 3 (Sunday morning)
Struggling to draw jugs, mugs and bowls (or car, bicycle and motorbike wheels)? This morning you’ll learn the theory behind drawing an ellipse (a circle in perspective).  After a little theory demonstration you will have the opportunity to once again put the theory to the test and see for yourself how a little extra knowledge can make drawing so much easier.  

Shading is crucial to make your drawings jump off the page and grab peoples attention.  I will teach you all the basics about shading objects after which you will have the opportunity to have a go yourself along with experimenting with materials such as chalk and oil pastels, charcoal and some introductory instruction in how to use acrylic paints.

 Session 4 (Sunday afternoon)
After lunch I will take you step by step to show you how to paint in water colour paints.  This will give you the opportunity to learn fundamental skills in water colour painting, brush techniques and the different water colour materials you need so you don’t waste your money buying unnecessary materials.

This will also give you the opportunity to understand the differences and similarities between painting in acrylics and water colours.  You’ll leave having completed your very own water colour landscape and more importantly know which are your favoured materials to work in after you leave the course.

I will also simplify the complex world of acrylic mediums and gels, explain what each one is used for, and tell you the crucial ones you really do need to buy – and why you only need 5 out of the dozens available in the art shops.

 The day will end with a review of all the techniques we have learnt, and a chance to make sure all your questions have been answered, so you leave filled with the knowledge and confidence to continue independently at home and with your art group.

Course info

  • “Really enjoyable, Brian has a great approach to teaching, informative, encouraging and fun! Learnt more in a weekend than in a previous beginners course of 10 weeks.”
    Wendy B

    “It was a really enjoyable course which offered me a good understanding of the tools and techniques that I needed to learn to draw.  I would highly recommend Brian as a teacher.”
    James E

    “…it was professional, thorough, sensitive to the audience and a good introduction which gives an appetite for more….”
    Yael S

    “A very good introduction to a range of drawing and painting techniques, ideal for someone like me who has not picked up a pencil or brush for 40 years.”
    Steve J

    “Brilliant.  Great for someone starting out or returning to art.  Good to learn the basics about equipment – what to use and buy – explained a lot and will make the choosing of items more straight forward.  More confidence to try different techniques.”
    Helen S

    “Strongly recommend.  Relaxing, thoughtful and pleasurable learning experience.”
    Philip L

    “A fantastic introduction to drawing and painting.  I learnt so much about technique, materials and equipment I feel excited to go away and practise what I have learnt.”
    Joanne B

    “I learnt about the basics of shading, 2-point perspective and use of guidelines [for measuring], priming [canvases], watercolours & acrylics, types of brushes, papers, canvas, and paper sizes.”
    Nan D

    “Excellent basis for starting or improving drawing in perspective, proportion, scale and shading. Also types of paper, pencils, etc to use.”
    Colette F

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4.00pm    
         + Optional visit to Cass Art + Fred Aldous (to 5.30)
    Sun: 10 – 4.00pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, 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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Student Quote

“2-point perspective, shading, scale and proportions – this will help my drawing as I had no knowledge of this before.”
Colette F

What can I expect

Individual attention
Learn in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging environment, with teaching by step by step demonstrations.  Allow your enjoyment and confidence to grow. 

Drawing made simple
Learn the principles behind good drawing and then put the theory into practice. Learn the techniques and knowledge that will enable you to draw and paint with confidence.

Be Brand aware
Learn which brands offer you quality, and those that won’t stand up to the job.

Beat your budget
Learn what pencils, brushes, paints and paper you need to use – and those you don’t.

Guided art shop tour
You have the option to join me on a tour through H Blyth and Co in the Northern Quarter so you can learn about all the materials, equipment, paint mediums, gels and potions on offer! Have all your burning questions answered so you can begin to draw and paint with the correct equipment and materials.

Choose this course if you want to learn all the basics about the materials and techniques you need to get started
with drawing and painting.

 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.  ts 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.

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  1. Kirstin
    6 May 2017 @ 10:53 am


    I am interested in booking on to a beginners weekend drawing and painting workshop. Could you please let me know when you have new dates available. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      8 May 2017 @ 7:09 pm

      Hi Kirstin
      I will email you in the next few weeks with the new course dates. Thank you for your interest. Best regards


  2. P Joseph
    3 May 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    Hi I am interested in doing the begin to draw and paint class, but it is fully booked. Please can you put me on your waiting list and send me details of the next set of course dates when available. thanks


    • artfulantics
      3 May 2017 @ 5:12 pm

      Hi. I’ll put you down on the waiting list and let you know if anything changes. Thank you for your interest in the course. Kind regards, brian


  3. Frances Holroyd
    22 December 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Hi I have just booked the Beginning draw and paint course for my husband for a Christmas present, Do you have a voucher that I could present him with on the day.


    • artfulantics
      22 December 2016 @ 9:24 pm

      Hi Frances
      I have just added the ‘Gift’ page onto the website (see the top menu) where you will find a leaflet you can download and print to give to your husband. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions please email me at brian@creativeartcourses.org. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope he is happy with the gift. Bx


  4. Miss Asha Berry
    25 September 2016 @ 7:41 am

    I would like to join your begin to draw and paint weekend class in Jan 2017 .I am a complete newbie when it comes to drawing etc…. is parking available near the studio?


    • artfulantics
      27 September 2016 @ 8:18 pm

      HI Asha
      There is parking available on a first come first served basis in the Mill car park, although it can get full at times. There is also parking available on the road outside. Hope this helps. Best regards, Brian


  5. Mark
    4 April 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    Hi Can I book the course for September please for Begin to draw and paint with confidence ?


    • artfulantics
      4 April 2016 @ 12:19 pm

      Hi. Would you mind joining the ‘waiting List’ by clicking on the red box on the course page and completing the simple form. I will then be able to email you when the booking opens for the Autumn/Winter courses. Hope this helps. Thank you, Brian


  6. Esra
    19 January 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    Hi I am a beginner student and I’d like to improve my skills. I’ll study architecture in uni of manchester. How can I apply in your course ? Thanks!


    • artfulantics
      20 January 2016 @ 8:45 pm

      I’ll email you directly, but please browse the course pages and if you find a course you like use the Paypal buttons to book. Best regards.


  7. Maureen Lomax
    30 November 2015 @ 5:36 am

    Please could you tell me when the next course is and how much it will cost. Thank you.


    • artfulantics
      30 November 2015 @ 6:09 am

      Thanks for your email. The next course will be 23 – 24 April 2016. All my weekend courses cost £115 and includes most materials other than a starter pack of sketchbook, pencils and rubbers. Regards, Bx


  8. Abi
    1 September 2015 @ 4:08 pm

    Hi I am really keen to do this course as I’m a complete beginner to art but can’t make the October dates, are you planning on holding this course again? Failing that are there any other similar courses which would be suitable- I’m particularly interested in learning how to paint. Thanks!


    • artfulantics
      1 September 2015 @ 8:58 pm

      Hi Abi
      Most of my courses run twice a year so I will be teaching this course again in before Easter 2016. Have a look at the Paint with Texture course (10-11 October) if you are in the mood to do something creative, as this will give you the opportunity to have lots of fun with acrylic paints and mixed media. But read the course descriptions carefully as I have tried to explain clearly what each course is about. Message me again if you have any more questions.


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