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Brushes and paint palettes

Drawing and Painting - Beginners and Improvers

Day of week:
Ashford Gateway (KAE), Ashford
Level 1
19:00 - 21:00
11 weeks

This course is currently full and online booking is not possible. Please call 03000 41 22 22* to register your interest. We will contact you directly if we can accommodate you.

This course is held at Ashford Adult Education Centre at Ashford Gateway.

In this 11-week course we will be looking at various artists' work and developing painting and drawings in your own style. The course will cover many different materials and techniques as well as subjects. You will work from photos as well as objects supplied by yourself - the Tutor will inform each week what is needed regarding materials. The first week will be pencil on cartridge (drawing pad) paper.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
- work from a variety of primary and secondary subject matter.
- make a preliminary drawing to establish a composition.
- select and use the appropriate brushes and materials.
- explore colour mixing
- use a range of painting techniques for watercolour and acrylic (washes, glazes, drybrush, wet in wet)
- recognise the styles and techniques of fine artists.
- work to health and safety guidelines.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Helen Easter

Helen is an experienced tutor who has been teaching for 27 years. She delivers courses on painting and drawing, printmaking, papier mache, paper pots. Her main work entails images mixed with the abstract and she uses methods and techniques in all mediums. Helen has exhibited and sold her work in galleries in the UK and abroad. Her paintings have been used for book covers and greeting cards. She is involved with the British Fencing Association where her fencing images have been used for prizes; she also does commissions from fencers and was featured in The Sword magazine in January 2013. She has designed murals for Kent Children Libraries and has curated shows for Shepway council and Metropole Galleries which were featured in the Sunday Times as best shows outside London. Her website is

View all courses taught by Helen Easter here

How will I be taught?

There will be demonstrations, group and one to one tuition. You will undertake critical reflection and evaluation and be motivated to develop creative skills and enhance/develop personal skills. You will look at the work of contemporary and historical artists and you will keep a sketchbook/notebook to record goals, ideas, processes and progress.

What do I need to bring with me?

For this course it would be useful to have:-
- A set of pencils
- Rubber
- Craft knife
- Masking tape

Later on, you may need:
- Paints (watercolours and acrylic)
- Soft pastels
- Wax candle
- Masking fluid

The tutor will ask you to sketch during the week, for only five minutes a day and it will also be discussed at the first class the relevance of keeping a scrapbook.

What can I do next?

Your Tutor will be able to advise.

What do I need to join the course

This course is for Beginners and Improvers and those who have some experience of drawing and painting.

It is important to note that art courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity for you to participate fully and get the most out of the course

Getting to your course

Find us

Ashford Gateway (KAE)
Church Road
TN23 1AS

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code ASH/121243/M/LC.