Starting Art 4×4 course series

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Starting Art 4×4 course series. 

4 specially chosen courses each running over 4 Monday afternoons. Learn all the fundamental skills you need to improve your art and become a confident creative artist.

Perfect for beginners

Perfect for first timers and those returning to drawing after many years. A supportive, encouraging, patient and inclusive approach to teaching will benefit even those students who fear the worst!

Learn how to get proportions correct, perspective in easy steps, how to shade, and create exciting compositions. Develop confidence with mixed media, develop a personal style and how your sketchbook can be your creative engine.

Be amazed

Start learning to draw and be creative with Ancoats Visual Arts.

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“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

“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



Creative drawing


Includes most materials


4 x Monday’s
10 – 12.30pm

Adult Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver

still life


Includes most materials


4 x Monday’s
10 – 12.30pm

Adult Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver



Includes most materials


4 x Monday’s
10 – 12.30pm

Adult Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver

Begin to
draw + paint


Includes most materials


4 x Monday’s
10 – 12.30pm

Adult Absolute-beginner, Beginner, Improver

Starting Art 4×4 Course Series details

These 4 courses will leave you excited, knowledgeable and feeling more confident in drawing, painting and being a creative artist.

  1. Begin to draw + paint
  2. Creative drawing: introduction
  3. Contemporary still life
  4. Creative sketchbooks

The courses will answer all your questions about how to draw, paint and be creative so you can go home ready to continue with your drawing and painting with ease and confidence.

Your creative year

The Starting Art 4×4 Course Series has been planned with you in mind.  I have selected the 4 courses that will help you learn the most about drawing, painting and creativity.  They are spread across the year to allow you time for focused learning along with time in between to put into practice what you have learned, at home or with Ancoats Visual Arts.

Be Creative Studio-Sessions

These courses are being offered in tandem with Ancoats Visual Arts.
As a member of Ancoats Visual Arts you will be able to attend the Wednesday Be Creative peer-supported studio-sessions where you can continue with projects and ideas you have started on the tutor-led art courses.

Benefits of the Be Creative sessions are:

  • Peer-support to keep you inspired
  • Protected creative time every week
  • Helpful advice from like minded creative people
  • Improve faster by attending regularly
  • Project ideas and suggestions on hand in the studio
  • A safe space to make a mess, try new things and share your enjoyment and passion


What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

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“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 practice 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

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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