Introduction to Art for Beginners - Painting & Drawing with Emily Brady
6 week course - Tuesday Evenings

A course for people who have never painted or drawn but have always wanted to try!

Making art is a skill that anyone can learn with practice, mostly rooted in skills of observation. In this six week course we will look at many aspects of art, including still life, figure drawing,  and landscapes.
We will also try different media such a pencils, paints and charcoal. If you have wanted to join a course but felt intimidated, then this is a great place to start and will give you skills that you can then use to access all kinds of further art courses or develop at home.

The 6 week course structure:

Session 1 - Introduction to using pencil and mark making.

In this first session we will look at  the absolute basics: How to use pencils effectively, and how to sketch an object you can see quickly and accurately.

Session 2 - Simple Still Life (charcoal and chalk)

Looking at how objects relate to each other when we draw them, look at light and shade in our work, and experiment with using charcoal.

Session 3 - Getting Painty with Colour theory!

Mixing colours effectively; what colours should you use straight out of the bottle?  What should you mix to get the most vibrant blends?  We will also be using Acrylic paints.

Session 4 - Creating a simple landscape.

Looking at composition and perspective to help us put together a 3D landscape. We'll discuss different shapes you can use to make your picture visually interesting, then use watercolour paint to create a snowy scene.

Session 5 - Drawing people and portraits

Drawing people! We'll all have a turn at being models for each other if you're feeling brave. We'll look at proportions of the human figure and face and then try to make a self portrait.  This session we'll be using pencils again.

Session 6 - Drawing with ink

Working with lines you can't rub out, and talking about the importance of being confident about where you put your mark on the page.

Student Materials: Please bring a sketchbook at least A4 in size, pencils B-6B, an eraser and a sharpener. All other materials are provided.

  • No previous experience is necessary just a willingness to have a go!
  • Step by step demonstrations
  • Variety of mediums to explore in a structured course
  • Small class sizes - max 6 students
  • Paint/sketch along with your tutor
  • Refreshments included
  • An opportunity to make creative new friends!
  • Course cost £135 inc £22.50 VAT per person for all 6 sessions

If you have any questions prior to the start of the course please do not hesitate to contact us.

2023 Courses

  • Tuesday Evenings April - May 2023, 6 sessions at 7pm - 2 places remaining

    • Tuesday 18th April
    • Tuesday 25th April
    • Tuesday 2nd May
    • Tuesday 9th May
    • Tuesday 16th May
    • Tuesday 23rd May

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How to book your place

Introduction to Art For Beginners takes place at Vitreus Art's Northants studio near Towcester. The course is structured as a 6-week term and bookings are for all sessions, on the dates above.

If you're ready to book, use the PayPal button below and select the session you want to join - debit / credit cards and PayPal accepted . We can also take personal bookings in our studio.
All bookings are subject to our class bookings Terms And Conditions.

We've updated our workshops-related COVID-19 fact sheet - find it here.
If you have any questions or concerns get in touch and we'll do our best to help.




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Session 3 - getting the paints out at Vitreus ArtGetting the paints out after exploring colour mixing Art Fundamentals - 6 evening course at Vitreus Art
Learn to use paints, pencils, charcoal, and inks on this structured course
Confidence building exercises on this evening drawing and painting course at Vitreus Art
Learning to draw faces - part of session 5
Emily Brady - artist and teacher at Vitreus Art
Art teacher Emily Brady running her friendly course at Vitreus Art


What attendees have said about our classes:

'An excellent opportunity to try new techniques'

'An excellent introduction to various mediums'

'Very interesting and fun'

'Learned a lot about different techniques and mediums, I feel comfortable about experimenting further'

About Emily Brady

Emily is an accomplished art teacher and professional artist, working in traditional media and on digital devices. As well as teaching and producing art to commission, Emily has developed a reputation for producing highly respected graphic novels and digital art for electronic games.