Begin to draw + paint – June 2023

“Really nice pace, supportive, friendly especially for a real beginner.”

Katy M

Great to be back teaching the absolute-beginners course. So much potential in the studio – I just love teaching this course guiding and supporting those new to art in the basics of drawing and using a variety of different materials. Their enthusiasm for learning something new is always infectious.

Read further to find out what the students thought of their experience.

Student comments

“Was an absolute beginner who had no previous art experience. I was able to relax and find my own way to put pen to paper. Really has been able to help me find my footing and start my art journey.”
Riana B

“Excellent introduction to painting and drawing. Friendly, nothing to worry about or feel awkward about. Learnt more than I was expecting. The 2 days were packed and went very quickly.”
Andrea E

“Good grounding in technical issues gave me confidence to go to the next stage. Technical support was at the right level – did not overwhelm but encouraged. Great help in how to start drawing, not to be nervous or over critical but enjoy each stage. Appreciation of colour, light and shade.”
Kath N

“The course gives a great foundation for skills in drawing and various painting. Coming to the course with no experience since GCSE graphics, I found it a really good basics course. Brian is very supportive of your work, even when I looked at it thinking ‘that’s awful’, he found a positive. A good broad experience, I’m happy with what was covered, well paced and covered in enough detail to get started.”
Laura W

“Very friendly, open and informative. [My course highlights have been] trying all the mediums and materials and learning to measure. I feel I now have a basic set of skills to build on.”
Ben S

“Really enjoyed working with different mediums and being part of a group. I learnt the basic techniques of drawing which was really helpful in understanding where to start. Experiencing charcoal, acrylics, water colour was different and new. It has been a great introduction/reconnection to art and drawing. Thank you – your teaching, pace and encouragement was much appreciated and the balance between theory and practice was perfect. I can still feel the excitement of what I learnt in theory really worked in practice.”
Debbie T

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course – was at the perfect level for me as a complete beginner and covered all the basics to help me get started. Has given me the basics to be able to start practising my own drawing and painting. I travelled from Somerset as it looked like the best available course.”
Joan A

“Two very full days but full of fun and experience with helpful explanations of all the various techniques. Was not sure what to expect so [the course] exceeded my expectations!! Good balance between tuition and ‘doing’.”
Paul W