Art for the Amateur

Discover and develop your artistic side.


Why take this course?

This course is intended to develop your artistic abilities and to foster your appreciation and understanding of visual arts. Throughout the course you will discover what it means to express yourself visually. On completion you will have a portfolio of completed works, and may also be given the opportunity to display your work.  

What you will experience

You will develop your capacity to appropriately choose drawing and painting media, techniques and processes, and enhance your understanding of what it means to express a personal visual language in response to a selected theme. You will explore a theme, develop a selection of drawn and painted compositions and bring these to a considered conclusion in the production of a final masterpiece! In addition to plenty of hands-on practice, students will explore a range of topics related to painting and drawing, including: 

  • Selecting appropriate paint and materials
  • Drawing techniques
  • Using of colour, composition, line and tone 
  • Mixed-media techniques
  • Watercolour and opaque painting portraiture
  • Figure composition
  • Landscapes, still life and abstract
female working in art room

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

What you will need

Students are expected to bring their own art materials, but you will be advised on what is needed at the first meeting of the course.

What you need to know

Anything else?

Please note, this course is not eligible for fee waiver.

Next steps




Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
23 April 2020 8 Weeks Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm £149.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.