Art in the Evening - Beginners
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Skills, Support and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Leisure Exeter Community Centre Various (please see below) Various (please see below) Monday 18.30-21.00 Various (please see below) Various (please see below)

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Course dates and details

Start End Day / Time Duration Course Fee Reduced Fee
18/09/17 27/11/17 Monday  18:30 - 21:00 10 weeks £151 £49
08/01/18 19/03/18 Monday  18:30 - 21:00 10 weeks £151 £49
23/04/18 25/06/18 Monday  18:30 - 21:00 8 weeks £124 £42

This course is suitable for Beginners and Improvers. We will be working directly from the Still Life object or Figure. We will be looking at drawing techniques around Line and Tone.

Learners will be taught through a combination of demonstrations from your tutor, whole group teaching, and one to one tuition. This one to one tuition ensures that you can work at your own pace.

An experienced tutor will be available at all times to help you gain confidence quickly. This group is informal and friendly.

What topics will I study?

Often working directly from the Still Life object or Figure, we will be looking at Line, Tone, and Colour. This will include various drawing techniques such as the basics of correct proportions, as well as looking at the darks and lights that play across the object or figure. We will also be looking at colour within these darks and lights, mixing colour, and exploring a variety of different painting mediums.  Pastels, Water colour, Acrylics, and Oil paints.

Each session will consist of warm up exercises that are relevant to the session theme and sometimes we will be focussing on one particular figure feature, e.g.  nose, mouth, ears, etc. 

These exercises are then followed by a single longer drawing. Here the emphasis is on developing your individual work through one to one tuition. We will also be referencing historical and contemporary artists’ work.

Learning takes place through a combination of tutor explanation, peer group exercises, one to one tuition, practical demonstrations as well as learning from other class members.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. This course is specifically designed for the Beginner. Improvers are also welcome.

What facilities are there?

We provide large, well lit rooms and drawing boards. College ID badges are available so you may access all college facilities including the Learning Resource Centres and college computers which you can use outside of lesson time.

What can the course lead on to?

This course can lead on to any other art related course in Adult Learning that you prefer  e.g. water colour, oils and acrylics, portraiture, life drawing, sculpture, pottery etc. You might decide to follow the more academic route of GCSEs, A Levels etc.

Are there any additional costs?

None - Initially you will need to bring an A3 or A2 cartridge drawing pad, pencil and rubber with you. All other mediums will be provided.

What do our students think?

Course well planned and organised. The teaching was good." 

Everything, particularly drawing and oils."

It was nice to do an activity with other people."

The range of activities, the new skills I learned."

The chance to experiment with different mediums."

I very much enjoyed all aspects of the course – it stretched my abilities – such as they were!"


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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