Begin to draw and paint
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.
April + May 2017
Days: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4.30pm
includes most materials
22-23 April: Fully booked
6-7 May: Fully booked
The Begin to Draw and Paint course is designed to help beginners get a foot up onto the first rung of the creative ladder.
All my other 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.
Materials Starter Pack
Includes |click here >
-or bring the following:
Essential items to bring
Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A3, 220gsm -or-
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
“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.”
“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.”
“…it was professional, thorough, sensitive to the audience and a good introduction which gives an appetite for more….”
“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.”
“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.”
“Strongly recommend. Relaxing, thoughtful and pleasurable learning experience.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Excellent basis for starting or improving drawing in perspective, proportion, scale and shading. Also types of paper, pencils, etc to use.”
Sat: 10 – 3.30pm
(optional visit to H Blyth & Co. Return to studio by 5.45pm)
Sun: 10 – 4.30pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
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.
Materials you will use
Along with your purchased Starter Pack of materials, the following are included as part of the course fee.
- Soluble graphite
- Charcoal (compressed and willow)
- Chalk pastels
- Watercolour paints
- Acrylic paints
The following items are provided
Other materials & equipment as well
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 around H Blyth & Co, one of Manchester’s long established 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.
There is no expectation for you to buy anything,
although H Blyth & Co are offering you 10% discount on any purchases.
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.
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.
What can I expect
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.