Painting on canvas (FULL)

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

Suitable for all levels, you will work at your own pace and level of ability. The tutor will offer 1:1 support as required and complete beginners may be given separate preliminary exercises if required. The best way to learn to paint is to dive in and have a go.

Course content

We will be making paintings on canvasses or canvas boards. You can choose to work in either oil or acrylics. You can work from your own choice of subject and style, representational or abstract. There is also the option of setting up a still life in the studio for those who prefer.

First session: please bring some paint in primary colours plus white, brushes, palette, a suitable surface to work on (eg sheet of primed paper/ acrylic or oil paper) for some warm up exercises.

We will discuss subject matter at the first session.

Support and feedback

Lots of 1 to 1 support and feedback and encouragement from the tutor and group participants.

Additional costs and requirements

Entry requirements: willingness to have a go and drop critical thinking!

Please bring with you: a pencil, sketchbook, brushes, paint, suitable paper for first session then you will need to purchase a canvas. Palette and for those using oils: turps/white spirit and some lidded jam jars and rags – ie cut up old t shirt.

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

No – but the tutor may suggest you look at certain painters in between sessions to enrich your learning.

About the tutor

Suzy Fasht has been teaching drawing and painting for Learn Devon for the last eight years and is fully qualified to teach in the Lifelong Learning sector. She trained in Fine Art to post-graduate level and continues her own painting practise from her studio at Seale Hayne.

Further information about suzy at

Start date15 Jan 2018
End date19 Mar 2018
Start time10:00
End time12:00
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