Barnes Through Painting & Drawing at OSO Arts Centre Barnes

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

The course aims to encourage you to explore ways of drawing and painting with joy and confidence, while acquiring expertise. Various techniques and approaches will be looked at in detail and suitable exercises will be offered. The course will benefit students with some previous experience who wish to practise and develop their skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

Course Content

The "Barnes through Painting and Drawing" course will concentrate on images found in and around Barnes (this includes buildings, street scenes, people, trees, parks and the River Thames). We will use photographic images to work from and occasionally, if the weather allows, go sketching outside.

Various drawing and painting techniques will be explored, which will include pencil, coloured pencil, pen & ink, conté, crayons, pastel, watercolours, gouache and acrylics.

Teaching methods include: practical demonstrations, practical hands on experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, keeping a sketchbook, looking at the work of inspirational artists within an art history context, formal instruction, individual tuition, personal and group critiques.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Intermediate beginners, intermediate and advanced learners are welcome, all will be accommodated at their individual level.
Some previous skills or knowledge are appreciated but not vital.

First Class Requirements

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Assessment Methods

Protective clothing is advisable. You will need to provide all your own art materials and pay for any suggested visits to galleries and museums.
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Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

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