Beginner + Introduction Course List

These  courses are designed for absolute beginners, beginners and improvers.  They will inspire and give you practical skills to help you take your first few steps in learning to draw and paint.  They will help you develop a strong set of foundation skills and prepare you for the exciting creative journey ahead.

Begin your creative journey towards becoming an independent and confident artist today.

  • Begin to draw + paint
    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.  

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  • Creative drawing: introduction
    Building on what you already know about drawing and painting, you will learn further skills in 4 key areas that are essential to improving your drawing, painting and creativity.

    The creative drawing projects you will be working on over the weekend will enable you to learn and explore drawing and painting more in depth to help you progress beyond being a beginner.

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  • Intro to Charcoal + graphite
    You will learn how to draw with compressed and willow charcoal, graphite sticks and pencil.  Each has it’s own special qualities which you’ll learn to control and use to create emotionally powerful drawings.

    A great introduction for beginners and an opportunity for improvers and intermediate artists to learn new techniques, and receive tuition to help you improve on what you already know.

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  • Acrylic painting: introduction
    This course is designed to help beginners understand how to work with acrylic paints, as well as those with some experience of acrylic painting who wish to improve their skills further. 

    You will be taught about the properties of acrylic paint as well as the appropriate equipment to use. You will learn a range of techniques and also look at colour theory. The knowledge and skills that you acquire will be practiced in several still life studies carried out throughout the weekend.

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  • Watercolour: introduction
    This watercolour painting class is led by a qualified adult tutor who is experienced in teaching beginners to intermediate artists in mixed-ability groups. If you are a beginner you will learn all you need to know to get started in watercolour painting and water soluble drawing materials.  If you’ve been painting in watercolours for a while this class will help you take the next steps to build your skills and develop new techniques to build confidence and creativity.

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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.

We teach the Arts: AWOL ICE is a group of tutors based at AWOL studios who are proud to embrace the independent spirit of a creative Manchester.