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, practical exercises, and insightful tips.
Technical skills + Creative techniques
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.
“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.”
“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.”
SAT + SUN
Includes most materials
9 places remaining
Monday mornings x 4
Includes most materials
The absolute-beginners guide to starting art.
This course will leave you excited, knowledgeable and feeling more confident in drawing and painting. You’ll have all your questions answered and go home ready to continue with your drawing and painting with ease.
Check what materials you need for the course
Click the Materials to bring tab, or
Purchase the Materials Starter Pack
The course starts with some free drawing time so you can settle in nice and easily. This will be followed with instruction to ensure you adopt the right approach to drawing along with techniques to help you ‘see’ better – measuring, proportions and how to use guidelines to improve accuracy and observation. We will also go through 2-point perspective so you understand all the underlying principles and how to apply this to your drawings.
This session will enable you to put into practice all we have learnt so far about perspective and measuring techniques with more still life drawing. There will be some teaching showing you how to develop shading and tone with lots of 1:1 support to make sure you understand all the fundamentals of drawing.
This session moves from technical to creative activities as we learn about the creative use of materials. You will learn and experiment with willow and compressed charcoal, graphite and soft chalk pastels. We will complete further still life drawings to give you the chance to play with these materials and gain practice in all the drawing theory we covered in session 1 + 2 giving you lots of opportunity to ask questions and embed this new knowledge.
The final session of the course will take you step by step to show you how to paint in acrylics and water colour paints. This will give you the opportunity to learn fundamental painting skills, brush control, and discover the similarities and differences between the two. There will be loads of tips and tricks to help you understand the materials and the range of equipment you will need and where you can save money by avoiding unnecessary equipment.
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.
You’ll leave having completed your very own water colour landscape and more importantly know which are your favourite materials to draw and paint with after you leave the course.
What can I expect
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.
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.
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.
Choose this course if you are an absolute-beginner
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“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 practice 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.”
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.