Begin to draw and paint

Begin to draw in a creative studio.

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 (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.  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. 

Suitable for absolute-beginnersEveryone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course

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includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

21-22 April 2018


21-22 July 2018


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  • Materials Starter Pack
    Includes |click here >


    -or bring the following:

    Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Plastic erasor
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
    Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A3, 200gsm

    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

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4.00pm
    + Optional visit to Cass Art + Fred Aldous (to 5.30)
    Sun: 10 – 4.00pm

    Brian Raymond

    Absolute beginner, 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

click the Materials to bring tab:
Purchase the Starter Pack or see what you need to bring.

Individual attention
Learn in a supportive, relaxed and encouraging environment, with teaching by step by step demonstrations.  Allow your enjoyment and confidence to grow. 

Drawing made simple
Learn the principles behind good drawing and then put the theory into practice. Learn the techniques and knowledge that will enable you to draw and paint with confidence.

Be Brand aware
Learn which brands offer you quality, and those that won’t stand up to the job.

Beat your budget
Learn what pencils, brushes, paints and paper you need to use – and those you don’t.

Guided art shop tour
You have the option to join me on a tour to the Northern Quarter art shops so you can learn about all the materials, equipment, paint mediums, gels and potions on offer! 

Choose this course if you want to learn all the basics about drawing and painting.


“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


Course Structure 

Session 1 (Saturday morning)
We will start the day 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.

 Session 2 (Saturday afternoon)
After lunch we will 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.

The day will end with an optional fact-finding mission and guided tour to  Cass Art (and Fred Aldous), in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.  If you’ve ever felt baffled or daunted by the overwhelming display of art materials and don’t know your emulsion from your alkyd, your fan from your rigger – this is your opportunity to banish your confusion. 

Metrolink ticket inclusive of course fee

 Session 3 (Sunday morning)
Today is all about the creative use of materials and we start the day off experimenting with materials such as charcoal, graphite, chalk and oil pastels.  We will complete further still life drawings to give you the chance to play with these materials and again practice all the drawing theory we covered in day 1 – giving you lots of opportunity to ask questions and embed this new knowledge.

 Session 4 (Sunday afternoon)
After lunch I 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.


This course will leave you excited, knowledgeable and feeling more confident in drawing and painting by ensuring all your questions have been answered so you go home ready to continue with your drawing and painting with ease.


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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 practise 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

“Excellent basis for starting or improving drawing in perspective, proportion, scale and shading. Also types of paper, pencils, etc to use. 2-point perspective, shading, scale and proportions – this will help my drawing as I had no knowledge of this before.”
Colette F

 Learning Links

Some suggested follow-on courses that will help develop your skills.
Remember to read the course diaries and testimonials on the course pages  to find out what other students have said.

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  1. Bonnie
    22 April 2018 @ 7:05 pm

    Please could you add me to the waiting list and let me know if any new dates are added! Thanks!


    • artfulantics
      25 April 2018 @ 9:07 pm

      Hi Bonnie
      Thanks for contacting me. I will let you know the September dates as soon as I have the website updated. Kind regards, Brian


  2. Wendy Porrill
    22 April 2018 @ 11:44 am

    Please put me on your waiting list for the beginners course


    • artfulantics
      25 April 2018 @ 9:07 pm

      Hi Wendy
      Thanks for contacting me. I will let you know the September dates as soon as I have the website updated. Kind regards, Brian


  3. Maureen Bode
    13 April 2018 @ 9:29 am

    Please put me on waiting list


    • artfulantics
      13 April 2018 @ 5:00 pm

      Hi Maureen.
      Thanks for getting in touch. I have added you to the list and will let you know the next available dates – probably early September. Best regards, Brian


  4. April Yeandle
    13 April 2018 @ 9:19 am

    Hi Brian,
    Please advise the next available dates for the absolute beginners course when you can as I’m really keen to get started. I would need two places for my partner and I.


    • artfulantics
      13 April 2018 @ 5:03 pm

      Hi April.
      Thanks for getting in touch. I have put you down on the list and will notify you when dates are available for the next course – probably in early April. Booking will probably be open in May, once I have done my planning for the Autumn. Best regards, Brian


  5. Margaret Roe
    12 April 2018 @ 1:48 pm

    Could you put me on the waiting list for the July weekend beginners course


    • artfulantics
      12 April 2018 @ 2:13 pm

      Hi Margaret.
      Yes, will do.


  6. Debra Ramsay
    16 February 2018 @ 11:45 pm

    Could you put me on your waiting list for beginner weekend please. Can’t make April or July dates. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      18 February 2018 @ 9:05 pm

      HI Debra
      I’ve got you on the list and will let you know later in the year. Have you signed up for the Newsletter as well? You can do this on most web pages on my website.
      Kind regards


  7. Gerri Todd
    8 February 2018 @ 9:24 pm

    Please let me know when the next free place on w.e beginners drawing and paint course is.


    • artfulantics
      12 February 2018 @ 7:22 pm

      HI Gerri
      I have added you to my list and will let you know in due course. Thank you for your interest. Kind regards, Brian


  8. Steve Foxen-Durnien
    29 January 2018 @ 5:09 pm

    Please add me to the wait list.


    • artfulantics
      30 January 2018 @ 2:51 pm

      Hi Steve
      Will do.


  9. Howard Balkind
    27 January 2018 @ 10:30 am

    Thanks Brian for your advice. Please advise when there is a space in the next begin to draw course that is available so I can book




    • artfulantics
      27 January 2018 @ 4:43 pm

      Hi Howard.
      Will do. Regards


  10. Howard Balkind
    23 January 2018 @ 1:13 pm

    I am about to semi retire. I would love to learn to draw and paint


    • artfulantics
      25 January 2018 @ 8:02 pm

      Hi Howard.
      I have lots of different courses to offer you – but I have emailed you a more detailed response direct to your email. I look forward to hear from you soon. Regards, Brian


  11. Ed
    21 January 2018 @ 4:12 pm

    Hi Brian, please can you put me down on the waiting list for this course. It’s a Christmas present for my wife and she has no prior art experience at all so it looks perfect! If you don’t have any places left on these courses (Feb/April) can you please give me an idea as to when the next session will run? Many thanks, Ed


    • artfulantics
      21 January 2018 @ 7:39 pm

      Hi Ed
      Many thanks for your interest in this course. I have added you to the waiting list. I will be planning future dates shortly and will let you know when they are available for booking. It will probably be after Easter. Hope this helps. Best regards, Brian


  12. Samantha
    21 January 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    Hi Brian
    Please could you put me down on the waiting list. Thank you very much


    • artfulantics
      21 January 2018 @ 1:44 pm

      Hi Samantha
      Thank you for your interest in this course. I have put you on the waiting list. Please be aware that this course is aimed at absolute-beginners, so if you have done some drawing or painting in the past and have used some art materials have a look at the Creative drawing: introduction and Acrylic painting: introduction courses as these may be right for you as well. Hope this helps. Best regards, Brian


  13. Jane
    21 January 2018 @ 11:38 am

    Hi I am a complete beginner in drawing and painting but keen to start. Would you be kind enough to keep me on the waiting list for the begin to paint and draw weekend course as the two available are now fully booked. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      21 January 2018 @ 1:01 pm

      HI Jane.
      I have put you down on the waiting list, and will let you know if anything changes. Future dates will be added soon. Best regards, Brian


  14. Jess
    20 January 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Would it be possible to go onto the waitlist for April’s beginners course? Thank you 🙂


    • artfulantics
      21 January 2018 @ 10:39 am

      Hi Jess
      I have placed you on the waiting – thank you for your interest. Kind regards, Brian


  15. Nichola Welham
    20 January 2018 @ 12:39 am

    Could I please go on your waiting list.
    Many Thanks


    • artfulantics
      20 January 2018 @ 7:13 am

      Hi Nichola. I’ve got you down as 3rd on the waiting list. Thanks for your interest. Kind regards, Brian


  16. Mike Clark
    20 December 2017 @ 8:53 am

    I would like to book my wife on a beginners drawing course, but i’m looking for dates from May 2018.
    Please can you advise.

    Many thanks,

    Mike Clark


    • artfulantics
      21 December 2017 @ 8:30 pm

      HI Mike
      After the April course, there is a Begin to draw + paint course planned on the 21 – 22 May 2018. Booking for this course will probably become available in Feb or March so please keep an eye on the website. I hope this helps. Best regards, Brian. If you are buying this as a present may I suggest you print the leaflet on the ‘gift’ page to show her for the moment and then book next year once the website has been updated.


  17. Carol
    17 December 2017 @ 10:39 am

    Please could you let me know when the next beginners course is ..either weekend or evening.


    • artfulantics
      17 December 2017 @ 11:36 am

      HI Carol
      The next course is 21-22 April 2018. Would you like me to put you on the waiting list for the Jan and Feb course?
      Let me know.Regards, Brian


  18. Lisa Deighton
    15 December 2017 @ 9:07 am

    Hi, I’m interested in the beginners drawing/painting course in January. It seems to be fully booked but suggested a leave a reply. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      16 December 2017 @ 3:02 pm

      Hi Lisa
      Many thanks – I have added your name to the top of the waiting list for the January course. Best regards, Brian


  19. Marcin
    12 December 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    Hey I’m really interested to take part in lesson 10-11 february.Yesterday was 1 space left I booked off from work but now is fully booked Any chance I can book class please? this is my christmas present please


    • artfulantics
      13 December 2017 @ 8:51 pm

      Hi Marcin
      So sorry to hear that – unfortunately all 10 places have been booked. I will keep your name at the top of the waiting list and will email you should anyone be unable to attend. Have you looked at any of the other weekend courses as, unless you are a complete beginner – some of the other courses may also be right for you to attend. Please feel free to email me direct if you have any more questions. Kind regards, Brian


  20. Kirstin
    6 May 2017 @ 10:53 am


    I am interested in booking on to a beginners weekend drawing and painting workshop. Could you please let me know when you have new dates available. Thanks


    • artfulantics
      8 May 2017 @ 7:09 pm

      Hi Kirstin
      I will email you in the next few weeks with the new course dates. Thank you for your interest. Best regards


  21. P Joseph
    3 May 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    Hi I am interested in doing the begin to draw and paint class, but it is fully booked. Please can you put me on your waiting list and send me details of the next set of course dates when available. thanks


    • artfulantics
      3 May 2017 @ 5:12 pm

      Hi. I’ll put you down on the waiting list and let you know if anything changes. Thank you for your interest in the course. Kind regards, brian


  22. Frances Holroyd
    22 December 2016 @ 12:37 pm

    Hi I have just booked the Beginning draw and paint course for my husband for a Christmas present, Do you have a voucher that I could present him with on the day.


    • artfulantics
      22 December 2016 @ 9:24 pm

      Hi Frances
      I have just added the ‘Gift’ page onto the website (see the top menu) where you will find a leaflet you can download and print to give to your husband. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions please email me at Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope he is happy with the gift. Bx


  23. Miss Asha Berry
    25 September 2016 @ 7:41 am

    I would like to join your begin to draw and paint weekend class in Jan 2017 .I am a complete newbie when it comes to drawing etc…. is parking available near the studio?


    • artfulantics
      27 September 2016 @ 8:18 pm

      HI Asha
      There is parking available on a first come first served basis in the Mill car park, although it can get full at times. There is also parking available on the road outside. Hope this helps. Best regards, Brian


  24. Mark
    4 April 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    Hi Can I book the course for September please for Begin to draw and paint with confidence ?


    • artfulantics
      4 April 2016 @ 12:19 pm

      Hi. Would you mind joining the ‘waiting List’ by clicking on the red box on the course page and completing the simple form. I will then be able to email you when the booking opens for the Autumn/Winter courses. Hope this helps. Thank you, Brian


  25. Esra
    19 January 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    Hi I am a beginner student and I’d like to improve my skills. I’ll study architecture in uni of manchester. How can I apply in your course ? Thanks!


    • artfulantics
      20 January 2016 @ 8:45 pm

      I’ll email you directly, but please browse the course pages and if you find a course you like use the Paypal buttons to book. Best regards.


  26. Maureen Lomax
    30 November 2015 @ 5:36 am

    Please could you tell me when the next course is and how much it will cost. Thank you.


    • artfulantics
      30 November 2015 @ 6:09 am

      Thanks for your email. The next course will be 23 – 24 April 2016. All my weekend courses cost £115 and includes most materials other than a starter pack of sketchbook, pencils and rubbers. Regards, Bx


  27. Abi
    1 September 2015 @ 4:08 pm

    Hi I am really keen to do this course as I’m a complete beginner to art but can’t make the October dates, are you planning on holding this course again? Failing that are there any other similar courses which would be suitable- I’m particularly interested in learning how to paint. Thanks!


    • artfulantics
      1 September 2015 @ 8:58 pm

      Hi Abi
      Most of my courses run twice a year so I will be teaching this course again in before Easter 2016. Have a look at the Paint with Texture course (10-11 October) if you are in the mood to do something creative, as this will give you the opportunity to have lots of fun with acrylic paints and mixed media. But read the course descriptions carefully as I have tried to explain clearly what each course is about. Message me again if you have any more questions.


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