Painting with oils and acrylics

The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington

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. 

Please note: this course will run on alternate Saturdays.

Course content

We will be making paintings on canvases 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 will be the option of working from a still life in the classroom. 

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 2018 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details. 

Support and feedback

Your tutor will be there for assistance and advice constantly. 

Additional costs and requirements

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

There will be limited materials available so if you have any of the following please bring with you: 

pencils or charcoal, sketchbook (A3 size or A4), some source material (drawing or photo) or there is the option to work from a still life in the classroom; oil or acrylic paint, suitable paper, sketchbook, brushes, palette, jam jar, canvas, brushes 

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

Harry Roberts currently works on Art and Design courses and a range of Art/music based ALDD courses for Learn Devon.

Prior to this he worked for North Devon College (Petroc) for 12 years as a Fine Art Lecturer and Tutor. Before this he had four artist-in-residence positions in the UK and was International Research Fellow at Exeter College of Art and Frankfurt Akademie, and Junior Fellow at South Glamorgan University.

Harry has a PGCE from the University of Reading and a BA Hons (Ist class) from the Polytechnic Wolverhampton and Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon.

His current area of interest is in using paper pulp, dyes and oil paint to create large constructions that straddle the line between painting and sculpture. The current series of five works has taken four years and is due for exhibition next year.

He has held one-man shows at most large cities in the UK including two in London and has won 12 awards and prizes at local and national exhibitions and was awarded the gold medal in Fine Art in Newport, Wales.

His work is in various public and private collections including; Tarmac, Granada Television and three LEA collections.

When Harry was a student he was privileged to have Anish Kapoor as his tutor.

‘I love showing people new things and materials and helping them develop their skills. I believe everyone has a creative ability. We all drew before we could speak but sometimes this creative ability gets lost or buried. I like people to find what they never really knew they had.’

Harry Roberts. Art, Craft and Design Tutor, Learn Devon.

Start date02 March 2019
End date13 April 2019
Start time10:00
End time12:30
Concessions not available