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Our art and design level 1 course in Brighton will help you build a portfolio of artwork. On this art and design course you will explore a broad range of skills including drawing, painting, collage, and sketchbook work. You will be encouraged to experiment with different art techniques and research your own ideas on the course. This art course will allow learners to build a portfolio of artwork suitable to apply for further courses or for your own personal development. You should be prepared to undertake approximately 1 to 2 hours of study at home each week.

An interview is required to ensure this course is suitable for you.  Please see further information on fees and concessions. Scroll down for further course details or for more information on our other art courses in Brighton, head to our courses page via the main menu.


COURSE TUTOR: Anna Blencowe

DURATION: 30 weeks

DAY: Monday

TIME:  10am-1pm

WHEN: 24 September 2018 – 24th June 2019

Autumn: 24 September 2018 – 17 December 2018 (half term 22 and 29 October 2018)

Spring: 14 January 2019 – 8 April 2019 (half term 18 February 2019)

Summer: 29 April – 24 June 2019 (bank holiday 6 May 2019, half term 27 May 2019)

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: (C) £1015 (B) £485 (A) £15*

*This is assessed at enrolment and is dependent on residency, employment and benefit status. It is unlikely that you will have to pay £1,010 – this is for those who have not been resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years.


This course aims to:

Help students develop an interesting body of work using a range of materials, techniques and subjects in order to build a portfolio of images. It aims to help students gain confidence in their practice, explore new working methods and discover their strengths.

Students are encouraged to keep a sketchbook throughout. To achieve the City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Creative Techniques you must complete four units over the duration of the 30-week course. The units are: 7156-101: Exploring Ideas, 7156-102: Sampling Techniques, 7156-103: Life drawing and 7156-104: Observational drawing (still life)


Who this course is for?

Students who want to develop a portfolio of work, opening up the possibility of further art education. The course is designed for those who may wish to apply to and/or return to art education or pursue a career in the arts and need help getting there.


What will I be able to do by the end of this course?

  • Use a sketchbook to sample, record and develop ideas
  • Use and employ basic colour theory
  • Experiment with image making using a variety of methods and materials
  • Employ line, mark making and texture
  • Draw from observation (life drawing and still life) using a variety of techniques including comparative measuring and tonal work
  • Use composition effectively
  • Develop an idea from initial sketch through to the finished image
  • Name and employ a wide variety of drawing methods and materials
  • Work with materials efficiently and safely in a group environment
  • Time permitting you will select, frame and hang work for an exhibition
  • Evaluate your work and that of colleagues with gained confidence, knowledge and insight


What materials will I need for the course?

Materials are provided as part of the course but you may wish to purchase your own. Advice will be given on this during the course.


Roughly how much will they cost?

You may wish to bring your own art materials / pens / pencils although a basic kit will be provided. Pens & charcoal cost between £2 and £5. Help and guidance will be provided from your tutor should you need it.


How will I know I am making progress?

Self-assessment against learning objectives each session and against assessment criteria on tracking sheets, peer assessment, appraisals and tutor feedback.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

Students are encouraged to use their sketchbooks in between sessions and are asked to build an archive of source material throughout the course. You should plan to work for up to one hour, outside taught hours, per week.


Who is the course tutor?

Anna Blencowe is a practising textile print designer and illustrator working in Brighton. She produces her own artwork for her designs and always experiments with different drawing styles and use of media. Anna has studied a wide range of drawing techniques throughout her art and design education and professional career. She is now bringing her wealth of practical drawing skills and knowledge to teaching.


What next?

City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design at Friends Centre

Further leisure courses in arts & crafts at Friends Centre

Level 2,3 and 4 UAL Diploma in Art and Design courses at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College



Monday 24 September 2018 - Monday 24 June 2019
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sessions: 30

Full price: (C)£1015 / (B)£485
Concession rate (if available): (A)£15
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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Ivory Place


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