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Experimental Drawing and Painting - Large Scale

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Art and design


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

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3 weeks
3 weeks
3 weeks

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New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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This course is an opportunity to explore and investigate a variety of techniques and approaches unique to what might be termed ‘experimental’ in drawing and painting.

Working with a practicing artist, each learner will have the opportunity to develop their own ideas into invigorating large-scale works of art.
Learning happens through trying new things and making mistakes. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, this course will take you into new areas and challenge and broaden your notion of drawing and painting. You will discover how to integrate different techniques in imaginative ways.

Beginners are welcome as the exercises and techniques are suitable to all levels and our focus is not on the technical process of drawing, rather exploring its exciting possibilities. The atmosphere is relaxed and one of encouragement and enjoyment as well as being challenging.

You can progress from this course onto Life our courses online for more details or get in touch!

What I'll learn

In a supportive and positive environment, you will undertake tutor-led exercises to open up the possibilities of what drawing ‘is’. From this, each student will have the opportunity to use this work as the starting point to develop their own project through line, tone, material, scale, composition, conceptual ideas. 
The result may be a series of pieces or one large scale work. But are we there yet? Ideas change and happen through experimentation…
Keep an open mind!

Topics covered:

  • Tutor demonstrations explaining materials and methods
  • Experimenting with dry media (charcoal, graphite, crayons, etc.)
  • Exploring wet media (ink, brushes, pens, etc.)
  • Mixed media, abstraction, collage and mono-printing
  • Using line, tone, texture, scale and composition
  • Working with different subjects, processes, tools and media


How I'll learn

The course is an opportunity for you to develop an innovative body of work in several media and gain a good understanding of the drawing process.

This is a chance to improve your drawing skills with confidence, build a record of exercises and ideas in your sketchbook and discuss current exhibitions and the work of relevant artists.

There will be mini ‘crits’, which give you invaluable feedback and the opportunity to share your work and ideas with others.


Entry Requirements

Basic drawing materials will be provided. Please bring your own artist’s paints (either oil or acrylic can be used; interchangeable throughout the course) and canvases. Participants may prefer to use their own brushes.

A one-hour lunch break is included. Please bring a packed lunch and/ or other refreshments.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.