Week-end Course List

The 2-day weekend courses are designed for beginners, improvers, intermediate artists, as well as those with more experience looking for a refresher course.  These courses will support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist, teaching you new techniques to help develop your artistic skills and creativity.  

  • Begin to draw + paint
    A course for absolute-beginners that gives you a solid foundation for all your drawing and painting. Find out what equipment you need and what you don’t, with step by step instruction on how to use them properly. 

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  • Mixed media: textures
    A course that teaches you a wide variety of techniques to build up tactile, textured relief surfaces and visual textures.  You will leave with a wealth of ideas that will give your paintings a new dimension and depth.

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  • Creative Sketchbooks
    The course teachers you how to collect ideas, experiment with techniques and develop your vision. Travel a creative journey to make a creative artists sketchbook full of new and exciting possibilities.

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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.

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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. 

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  • Watercolours: introduction
    This course offers beginners and improvers the opportunity to learn step by step everything they need to know about watercolour painting, soluble pencil crayons and pen + wash. 

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  • Cityscapes: urban sketching
    The course gives you the opportunity to develop your 2-point perspective while drawing local heritage buildings in historical Ancoats.  You will learn a variety of creative urban sketching techniques to transform your pencil sketches into works of art.

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  • Contemporary still life
    The course helps you explore ways of creating the pictures you want. Working from still life objects you will be encouraged to rigorously re-imagine and re-interpret the display in creative and personal ways.

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  • Abstract Art
    Learn how to create stunning abstract images.  Learn about the  formal elements of line, form, colour, tone, shape, pattern and texture through play and experimentation, using a variety of materials and techniques.

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  • Expressive mark-making
    This course is about freeing your imagination through exploring the art of drawing in it’s purest form.  The course will encourage you to move beyond representation by trusting your innate imagination, intuition and sense of play to discover your artist within.  

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  • Charcoal + Graphite introduction

    Discover the freedom of drawing with willow charcoal, the emotive power of compressed charcoal and the joy of gestural mark making with graphite. Perfect for all students who wish to learn to draw in a variety of materials allowing breadth of vision, creativity and self expression.

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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.