Sketchbook to Studio Painting

This course will give you skills and strategies in how to gather information from locations through drawing and painting to then be used to make paintings in the studio.

Course Content

The course will start off at the college where you will look at examples of drawing from location. We will discuss how to choose a subject matter and consider proportions, tonal rhythm, scale and tonality of the shapes in front of us.

We will then go to a local location to start making drawings.

On the second day you will work from the location drawing to make an interpretation within the studio environment. You will be shown ways to transpose your drawings to a larger scale to form the basis of your painting.

The course will cover:

Tone relationships
Colour (painted and dry colour)
Focus Point (depth of field)
Scaling up
Palette management and mixing
Painting approaches (location and studio)

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on 31st August prior to the course start date.

This course is open to beginners as well as learners with some experience of painting and drawing.

First Class Requirements

To do the drawings outside we will use pencil, graphite pen, charcoal, putty rubber and/or watercolours.

You should bring pencils (HB and 4B) and a putty rubber (eraser), some drawing paper and masking tape.
Watercolour paper, if needed can be purchased at the college.

If you want to work in acrylics or oils, you will need to bring your own paints and paper.

A list of materials used will be emailed out before the start of the course.

Additional Information

• If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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