Experiment with the infinite range of textures and effects produced with oils, manipulating the paint to produce glazes and impasto on the canvas. Students should bring the following to the first class: a pad of cartridge paper (preferably size A3 or larger), a B pencil and a rubber. Students should wear old clothes to the lessons that they don't mind getting messy or bring an apron.

This course is suitable for all, regardless of individual levels of proficiency, to explore the techniques of oil paints, such as impasto and painting Alla Prima, using both brushes and painting knives and different supports such as canvas and board. Subject matter will include still life, landscapes and portraits. Over the duration of the course, students will be taught how to paint shapes accurately, express the light and shadow, understand of perspective, composition and apply colour theory. Students will be taught at a level appropriate to their ability and receive individual tuition and support to help them work at a suitable pace.

Learning Outcomes: To complete a portfolio of work which demonstrates a proficiency in painting in oils, showing the techniques learnt throughout the course. The portfolio will demonstrate skills in painting shapes, form, showing the effect of light, displaying an awareness of perspective, composition and colour theory.

*PLEASE NOTE - This course running is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserves the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled learners will be notified three days prior to the start of the course and are entitled to claim for a full refund of their course fees.


Students can progress onto the next term in this series, Pastels, Pencils and Crayons.


Students' work will be assessed by the tutor throughout the course and progress will be discussed with each student.Attainment will be recorded against the assessment criteria. Peer reviews and group discussions, reviewing completed work, will also form an important part of assessment as well as quizzes and questions and answers. Each student's achievement will be recorded at the end of the course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.


Upon enrolment to this course students will be given the opportunity to undergo a short accredited qualification. The qualification consists of planning and carrying out several different painting and drawing projects using a range of taught skills. Students will keep a portfolio and photographic evidence of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and also externally via the awarding body. Upon successful completion of the qualification, students will be awarded the Entry 3 Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Drawing and Painting Skills.

Home Study

Homework will be set but will be completed on a voluntary basis. One or two hours per week would be sufficient to complete homework.


Work Placement

Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.

Fees and Additional Costs

Students will need to purchase their own art materials.

AE3LEP/DF 171822 22/02/2018 03/05/2018 14:30 to 16:30
Thursday Newbury £157.00 Apply Now
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97024/DF 171801 22/02/2018 03/05/2018 14:30 to 16:30
Thursday Newbury £167.00 Apply Now
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*Please note that concessions are only available on tuition and do not apply to any additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide information on additional costs, these fees will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. For details of fee remission for learners over 19 and 24+ loans click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email info@newbury-college.co.uk.

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