When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Course Code W23PDGF06C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A friendly introduction to painting and observational skills. You will be guided through techniques of watercolour, acrylics and oil paint, responding to objects, images and portraiture.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explore the basic qualities of watercolour, acrylics and oil paint
  • Practice using a range of brushes
  • Identify and create specific paint marks
  • Create paintings from observation using each media separately
  • Use materials safely


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    The tutor will discuss and demonstrate materials and techniques. You will be encouraged to look at the work of artists and to work on set projects. With tutor guidance and the support of the group, you will make paintings exploring the 3 different mediums of watercolour, acrylics and oil paint in response to objects and images.

    Entry requirements

    The course is suitable for beginners and for those with some experience wishing for a refresher.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    As we are using pigments and solvents, health & safety guidelines need to be considered.

    What you need

    We will begin with acrylic paint. The 3 primary colours red, yellow and blue including black and white will be sufficient to begin with. Brushes that can be used for both acrylic and oil. Hog or synthetic haired brushes. Round no. 0, 2, 6 and 10 Flat head no. 4 and 8 Filbert no. 2 and 10 A jar for water and kitchen towel. A rubber sharpener and B pencil. A pad of A3 acrylic / oil paper or A3 canvas boards.

    What you can do next

    There are a variety of excellent painting courses at Morley college where you could develop your progress in oil painting and observational study, in both traditional and experimental techniques. Please look online, ask your tutor for tailored advice, or ring the Visual Arts Office ext 1881. We are happy to help.