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Dates: 18/04/18 - 27/06/18
Days: Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00
Sessions: 10
Centre: Wallington - Wallington
Course Code: W31004B09AG
Fees: Standard - £100.00
Concessionary - £70.00

Course Information

What are the overall aims of the course?

The course will stimulate and generate new ideas for painting and help you to reflect critically upon the work you produce. Beginners will be encouraged to explore new ways of looking, using basic drawing and painting skills such as line, tone, form, texture and colour mixing. Improvers will be stretched further to develop their techniques, improve observational skills, expand creative opportunities and inspire new work.
We will be looking at the work of historical and contemporary artists to inform our own practice.

What will I learn on the course?

Mix colours and put colour theory into practice.
Form strong compositions.
Convey structure and volume.
Produce various mark-making techniques.
Create space and a sense of perspective in your work.
You will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook or visual diary in which to make drawings, note down ideas and generally experiment in outside of class. You will also be advised to visit current art exhibitions, galleries and read about artists that may be of interest.
Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session

Are there any entry requirements?

Ability to understand spoken English

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Portfolio of work
Tutor observation

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Bring drawing materials, including an A2 or A3 sketchbook and/or cartridge paper, charcoal and /or pencils to the first lesson.
Your tutor will advise you on materials for the course.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

Other drawing and painting courses offered at Sutton College

What should I do if I have any questions?

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