Painting (Saturday Course)

  • 5 hours per week
  • 5 weeks


This five-week Saturday course will help you explore the first principles of painting. The idea of perception will be used as the starting point for visual enquiry.

You'll work from objects, the human figure, memory and secondary sources using oils or acrylic.

During the course you'll develop a set of criteria to explore ways of representing perceived objects. This will allow you to consider further possibilities within the wider remit of painting.

Classes are held from 10am to 4pm on five consecutive Saturdays.

This course is run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content

The emphasis of the course is on using painting as:

  • a means for articulating form
  • a tool for expression and creative imagination

In each session you'll focus on a particular set of formal issues underpinning the nature of painting.

Special attention is placed on colour and composition.

You'll paint from objects, the human figure (a life model), memory and secondary sources.

The course includes two sessions painting from a life model.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who are more experienced and want to re-engage with the first principles of painting.

To obtain maximum benefit from this course you should have a rudimentary knowledge of drawing.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


The course fee is £390.

This fee covers tuition, provision of an easel, palette and drawing board and studio space.

The fee also covers the cost of materials supplied by the Slade. Once you've been accepted onto the course, you'll be sent details of which materials will be provided and which you'll need to supply yourself.

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

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Course team

All tutors are practising artists.

Course tutors for this Saturday course are:

  • Daniel Preece
  • Ian Rowlands
  • Sandra Smith

Course information last modified: 18 Sep 2018, 16:28