The Art Elements


The Art Elements.  Line, Colour, Tone + Form, Texture, Shape and Pattern are the Art Elements we use all the time in drawing and painting.  Learning how they affect your picture-making and how to manipulate them is the first step to improving as an artist.

Each of the 6 classes explores one of the Art Elements, opening the door to some of the essential things you need to know about using the Art Elements effectively. 

Your learning on this course will help you improve your drawing and painting no matter your style of work.

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.
Everyone is welcome.
Evening course

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includes most materials

Days: 6 x Thursday eve 
6.30 – 9pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

Autumn 2018

Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Dec  6

9 places remaining

Summer 2019

June 13, 20, 27, July 4, 11, 18

Places available
  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Drawing paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
    • Winsor + Newton: A2 size
      Medium Surface cartridge pad

    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

  • Evening course:
    6 x Thursday eve
    6.30 – 9pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Diaries from all previous courses


What can I expect

6 weekly 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.  

Structured learning
Each session has been carefully planned to take you step by step towards building your knowledge and skills in the use of all the Art Elements enabling you to continue improving and progressing on your own.

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.

Personal artistic development
This course has a strong focus in showing you how the Art Elements impact the style of pictures you want to make.  Your new knowledge will become a key ingredient to encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.

Shared learning
There will be plenty of opportunities to receive lots of positive feedback, share ideas and learn from each other in a supportive group environment.

Extra Session
Book yourself onto the PAYG Creative Saturday  sessions to give yourself  the extra time that so many students ask for after completing this course.  Extra studio time with the usual 1:1 support and guidance from an experienced tutor will help you put into practice everything you have learnt.

Discount Details available here.


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


“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


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 green 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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Additional projects

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

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

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

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

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

 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.

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.

 Core | Materials | Creativity | Independence


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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Calendar: View all Course dates and Events.


  1. Paulo Duarte
    26 May 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
      26 May 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
    18 May 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
      18 May 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
    18 March 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
      18 March 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
    20 July 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
      20 July 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
    4 May 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
      4 May 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
        4 May 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
          9 May 2015 @ 8:25 am

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


  6. Katie
    29 April 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
      29 April 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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