Discover your hidden artistic talents with this step-by-step approach to drawing and painting, exploring a variety of subjects and media.

Meet our students Ethan Thorne

Ethan Thorne

“I chose Newbury College because it has a healthy environment in which I can enjoy creative freedom.”

Meet our students James Lockhart

James Lockhart

“My time at college has been really positive. I’ve been able to focus solely on one subject that I really enjoy and I’m progressing onto university with an unconditional offer at the university of my choice.”

James Lockhart
Art and Design

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

“I would recommend Newbury College as I have had so much support. I have enjoyed developing my skills in spray painting and printmaking techniques.”

Meet our students Willow Hammond-Ellaway

Willow Hammond-Ellaway

“I chose to study at Newbury College because it was conveniently close. I also loved the course choices, such a huge range, it was very difficult for me to decide what would be best. I had a lot of support to help me choose what course would be best for my future. I have enjoyed the confidence that I have gained from my course and I am very thankful for everything the college has done for me.”

  • Description

    Regardless of ability and experience, this course provides endless opportunities to explore the techniques of pencil, charcoal, pastels, ink, watercolour and acrylics; subjects studied will include still life, landscapes, portraits, buildings and animals. Over the duration of the course, you are taught how to draw shapes accurately, model form showing light and shadow, demonstrate an understanding of perspective and the relationship between subjects, gain knowledge of composition and understand and use colour theory. You are introduced at a level appropriate to your ability and you will receive individual tuition and support to help you work at a suitable pace.

    Learning Outcomes: To complete a portfolio of work which demonstrates a proficiency in drawing and painting, using the techniques learnt throughout the course, showing progression. The portfolio will demonstrate skills in:

    • drawing shapes
    • modelling form
    • showing effects of light and shadows
    • displaying an awareness of perspective
    • creating dynamic compositions
    • applying colour theory and colour mixing

    To participate in the class, please bring the following:

    • A pad of cartridge paper (A3 or larger)
    • A B pencil
    • An eraser

    Please keep in mind that art classes can be messy - so we suggest you wear old clothing or come prepared with an apron.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

    Students are not required to possess any specific prior skills before joining this course.

  • Qualification

    This course contains a short, accredited qualification, which consists of planning and carrying out several different painting and drawing projects using a range of taught skills. Students keep a portfolio and photographic evidence of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and externally via the awarding body. Upon successful completion of the qualification, students are awarded the Entry 3 or Level one Award in Learning, Employability and Progression for Art and Design Skills.

  • Progression

    Develop and progress through each term, taking on different skills and techniques. Why not progress on to one of our many other art courses? Try your hand a machine sewing or ceramics and continue to develop your artistic side.

  • Assessment

    Your work will be assessed by the tutor throughout the course and progress will be discussed with you continuously. Your attainment will be recorded against the assessment criteria. Peer reviews and group discussions, reviewing completed work, will also form an important part of assessment as well as quizzes and questions and answers. Your achievement will be recorded and presented to you at the end of the course.

    You will create a portfolio of work which will be assessed internally by Newbury College and externally via the awarding body.

  • Home Study

    Homework will be set but will be completed on a voluntary basis. One or two hours per week would be sufficient to complete homework.

  • Work Placement

    Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    The price below includes an additional £10 materials fee, which covers the cost of materials used during the session. Students may also be required to purchase some materials themselves.

  • Programmes currently in progress

    Please be aware that this course has already started. Please call 01635 845000 to check if spaces are available

    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    99027/DF/04 222301 Tuesday 22/11/2022 24/01/2023 19:00 - 21:00 £140

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    Code Day Start End Times Fees*
    97027/DF/01 222301 Thursday 24/11/2022 26/01/2023 14:30 - 16:30 £140

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.