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 (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.
includes most materials
Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
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Materials Starter Pack
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-or bring the following:
Essential items to bring
- Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
- Plastic erasor
- Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
- Drawing paper
- Daler Rowney: A3 size
Fine Grain heavy weight drawing pad
- Winsor + Newton: A3 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
Sat: 10 – 4.00pm
+ Optional visit to Cass Art + Fred Aldous (to 5.30)
Sun: 10 – 4.00pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
Absolute beginner, adults
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
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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.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”