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Adult Art Workshops

Drawing & Painting with reference to current exhibitions in London (Bonnard at Tate Modern & Van Gogh at Tate Britain) 

This eight-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.

Dates and Times

The course will run on Wednesdays between 10am-1pm from 1st May until 19th June 2019.


The full cost is £215, 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.


Week one

Bonnard introduction & discussion of the exhibition at Tate Modern. Learners to bring in completed worksheets and individual sketches made from going to see the exhibition. Pencil and charcoal drawings of unusual perspectives and compositions

Week two

Monochrome & colour studies from personal photographs of domestic interiors focusing on light and shadow and interior/exterior spaces with reference to Bonnard’s paintings. 

Week three

Looking at art history Pointillism, Impressionism, fractals and optical colour mixing in theory and practice

Week four

Individual painting responding to the Bonnard topic, looking at personal references, making sketches and colour studies and sketching composition onto a canvas.

Week five

Painting onto canvas using colour mixing and paint application techniques learned in session 3.
Homework: visit Van Gogh at Tate Britain (worksheet given beforehand)

Week six

Immediacy of paint marks in relation to our surroundings. Quick and expressive paint sketches in acrylic of flowers in vases and/ or the spaces in and around the building

Week seven

Self Portraits linked to Van Gogh at Tate Britain. Introduction to facial proportions/ looking at other artist’s methods etc. learners to draw their portraits using pencil and charcoal.

Week eight

Self-portrait (paint application) – Looking at Van Gogh’s use of paint application compared to other artists. Working directly from observation to apply paint in this way.


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.