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This accredited art course is suitable for learners who have completed the City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Creative Techniques or who have some experience in studying art and design in drawing and painting. We will study life drawing and draw from nature, looking in more depth at the principles of art and design with the aim for learners to become well informed practitioners.

You will create a varied portfolio of artwork ranging from experimental ideas through to more developed pieces.

You should be prepared to undertake approximately 2 hours of study, at home, each week.


COURSE TUTOR: Anna Blencowe

DURATION: 36 weeks

DAY: Monday

TIME:  10am-1pm

WHEN: 16 September 2019 – 20 July 2020

Autumn: 16 September 2019 – 16 December 2019 (half term 28 October 2019)

Spring: 13 January 2020 – 30 March 2020 (half term 17 February 2020)

Summer: 20 April 2020 – 20 July 2020 (bank holiday 4 May, half term 25 May 2020)

WHERE: Ivory Place

COURSE FEE: (C) £1015 (B) £485 (A) £10*


*This is assessed at enrolment and is dependent on residency, employment and benefit status.  It is unlikely that you will have to pay £1,015 – this is for those who have not been resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 years.


An interview is required to ensure that this course is suitable for you. 

To book an interview please contact our main reception on 01273 810210 or email [email protected]


This course cannot be booked online.

Please see further information on fees and concessions online or in our brochure.


This course aims to:

Help students further develop an interesting body of work using a wide range of materials, techniques and subjects in order to build a broad 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 2 Certificate in Creative Techniques you must complete four units over the duration of the course. The units are: 7156-201: Idea Development, 7156-202: Sampling Techniques – Exploring the potential of materials, 7156-203: Life drawing and 7156-204: Observational drawing (from natural settings)


Further details about the City & Guilds units can be found on their website:


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. The course is open to new students who have some experience of studying art and design whilst also providing a continuation for those who completed the Level 1 course.  Suitability for the course will be assessed at interview.


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

·         Use a sketchbook with confidence to sample, record and develop ideas

·         Use a variety of materials with gained confidence including pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastel, ink and paint (watercolour, gouache and acrylic)

·         Experiment with image making and develop ideas from initial sketch through to the finished image

·         Conduct research to inform your practise

·         Employ line, mark making, texture, low relief and overlays

·         Draw accurately from observation (life drawing and drawing from nature) using a variety of techniques including comparative measuring and tonal work

·         Use composition effectively

·         Use and employ colour theory including primary, secondary and complementary colour, tints, tones and greyscale

·         Work with materials efficiently and safely in a group environment

·         Select, frame and hang work for 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. Pencils and 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?

You will have regular feedback on your progress during the classes. There will be regular on-going assessments against the unit criteria set by City and Guilds and in these assessments will find out if there are any parts of the course that are still needing to be completed. You will experience gaining confidence and see an increase in your visual vocabulary by the completion of the course.


Is there any extra study outside the class?

It will be necessary to do further work at home in order to cover the course content. Grades are given at the end of the course and these will in part reflect how much independent study has been completed.  You will be encouraged to use a sketchbook throughout, in and out of the classroom. You will also be encouraged to build a personal archive of visual resources such as newspaper articles, postcards, and magazine cuttings. These are a useful resource for any artist. You should plan to work between one to two hours, 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?

Further leisure courses in arts and crafts at Friends Centre

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


Monday 16 September 2019 - Monday 20 July 2020
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Sessions: 36

Full price: (C)£1015 / (B)£485
Concession rate (if available): (A)£10
Please note that concessions are not available online.
Click here for information on fees and concessions.

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