Our guide to painting
Kristina K

Our guide to painting

First published date November 26 2013 Amended date November 26 2013

Are you interested in colours, paints, techniques, or do you find pleasure in studying the works of some of the world’s greatest artists? Whether you’re an amateur or a professional artist, our wide range of painting courses are suitable for all levels. Who knows, you could be painting the next Girl with a Pearl Earring and command a huge sum of money from it…But then again, artists are normally in this for their love for art and never for monetary gains, so we’ve heard…


Quit being a bystander

How often do you walk past street artists and stand marvelling at their work? Or spend hours in a museum admiring the paintings of Van Gogh and Raphael? There’s no reason why you should always remain a spectator and secretly wish that you could paint something as spectacular. With a painting class you’ll learn the fundamental skills in acrylic and oil paint, and develop an understanding of different technique. You’ll also pick up tricks in mark-making, learn human proportion and compositional skills, colour theory and its place in contemporary art and art history.



If you take your brushes, easel and work seriously, and simply detest it when people refer to you as only an ‘artist’ (because it does take a lot of time and talent being a good artist!), then our advanced painting courses will be perfect for you. Learn colour theory, explore a variety of paints and materials with an advanced focus on colour mixing, and discover personal approaches and methods to making a body of work. Whether you’re interested in contemporary art, oil or watercolour painting, or even charcoal painting, we have a wide choice of options. At the end of some courses, you’ll also gain City & Guilds awards. 


What’s your style?

Are you a fan of Johannes Vermeer’s style, with his harsh and bold shadows, and unique brush work movements to depict tapestries and clothes in a realistic manner? Or do you prefer William Hogarth’s clever take on paintings; his satirical caricatures and moral paintings which created a whole new genre in the subject? Whether you’re looking to master in various painting techniques or challenge society’s ideas and norms through the expression of art, our courses will allow you to explore all those areas. Choose from abstract art, surrealism, conceptual art, pop art, photorealism, hyperrealism, minimalism, impressionism and fauvism.


Painting’s great for children too!

Forget about the mess, messy painted fingers and more mess. Painting benefits children’s brain development tremendously, so surely a little chaos here and there can be tolerated? Through painting, children use their creative skills and learn to express themselves. It helps boost their self confidence, especially when the painting goes up on the family’s fridge of fame! Open up your little ones’ artistic world since even the most incomprehensible scribbles contribute towards his physical development. We have plenty of painting classes in our list of courses for kids.


Painting for the home

If painting on canvas isn’t for you, and when you think paint, you think walls, enrol on a DIY painting course. Perfect for DIY enthusiasts, you’ll learn to paint and decorate your home. From designing and giving your room a makeover to treating your doors and furniture to a lick of paint for a fresh new look, you’ll find these course helpful.


Interesting Mona Lisa facts

·         The unrivalled fame of this work is partially because it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in broad daylight by an employee in 1911. It was quickly recovered two years later.

·         The painting is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris and is protected in a climate controlled environment, encased in bullet proof glass. It cost seven million dollars to build the room.

·         The painting is considered priceless and cannot be insured.

·         There’s a rumour that Mona Lisa has no eyebrows in the painting because when they were trying to restore the painting, they made an error and accidentally removed the eyebrows. However, there are others who think that Da Vinci never finished the painting because he was the consummate perfectionist and also because most of Leonardo’s paintings were left unfinished.


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