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Adult Art Workshops

This ten-week introductory course is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to develop their artistic skills in a fun, creative, supportive environment.  During the course learners will explore drawing and painting using pencil, watercolours and acrylic paint.  Classes will include a range of materials, tools and methods and will focus on observation and still life.

The classes are delivered by Sandra Beccarelli, a London based artist with a wealth of experience as a tutor and contemporary artist.

This course will be held at The Exchange in Twickenham and delivered to you by Sandra Beccarelli, a London based artist with a wealth of experience as a tutor and contemporary artist.

Dates and times

This eight week course will run on Wednesdays between 10am-1pm.

  • Course one: 22nd January - 11th March
  • Course two: 6th May - 24th June
  • Course three: 30th September - 18th November


The full cost is £265, with a £50 deposit. Students will need to supply their own art materials (including eraser, sketch pad, pencils, brushes and paint), please see the welcome pack for full details.   

Content (course one)

Week one

Introduction to the course and group members. As an introduction to working from the figure, we will be drawing from artists wooden mannequins. From this we will to look at angles, body proportion and bulk using a variety of pencils.

Week two

Observational figure drawing from life using a variety of drawing materials such as pencil and charcoal.

Week three

Observational paint studies from the figure using acrylic paints on paper or canvas.

Week four

“Abstraction of the figure”  in art history and in the contemporary art world.  Learners will draw expressively and experimentally from observation of the life model exploring a range of techniques using dry materials such as charcoal, chalk, pastel and collage.

Week five

“The expressive qualities of paint”.  We will be looking at artists whose use of paint as a medium is as important as the subject matter.  Learners will be exploring all types of techniques such as pouring, dripping, layering, palette knife, additives and mixing media.

Week six

Abstraction and the model using paint techniques.  In this session learners will be able to put together all they have learned up to this point.  Looking back at their life drawings and abstraction of the figure in drawing styles. 

Week seven

“Abstraction in the environment” Where could “abstract” elements be seen?  Ripples of water distorting reflections, areas of crumbled or worn paint surfaces, peeling billboards, random shapes around a room looked in closely and taken “out of context” Discussion about Pure abstraction and looking at examples.  Learners research around the building as well as the art room for possible examples to draw from in monochrome and in colour.  

Week eight

Painting, drawing or collage using personal photographic resources set for homework.                                              


To enrol on this course you must be 18-years-old or over.


Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a certificate of attendance.