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A New Creative Adventure Awaits


Making your dreams come true since 2002

Expressive Painting

Learn to paint with this fun and transformative course. You will surprise yourself and your family and friends with the wonderful paintings you will make on this course.

You get your own personal expert highly qualified tutor to discuss your art work with as it develops. You get unlimited one to one, face to face tuition via the internet at times that suit you. You get an expert eye and a criticsl friend to tell you if it really is good.
There is no limit to what you could achieve!

During this one year (3 academic terms starting at any point in the year) course you will explore new skills, new materials, new techniques and an emerging you. At OCAD we have seen over the years how painting has the power to reveal ourselves in our work. One of the wondeful parts of teaching painting is to see this emergence of the self. For students it often means letting go of some deep anxieties or the expression of powerful signifiers which reveal or reaquaint us with new or forgotten aspects of who we are. This catharsis is a form of meditation and artists report how they feel freed, reinvigorated even reborn by this course.

‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’ Pablo Picasso 1881 -1973′

Course Overview

  • Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Specialisms: Oil painting, Acrylic Pianting, Watercolour Painting, Mixed Media
  • Entry Requirements:16 years or over – No previous art or design qualifications required. Love of painting or desire to learn.
  • Part-time programmes:available all year around – limited places – enroling now
  • Requirements:broadband connection / art materials
  • Progression: to Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
  • Accreditation:OCAD Certificate or get your work accredited for additional £100 (Ofqual Code 501/2278/2)
  • Tuition:Unlimited face to face, one to one or written feedback
  • Includes FREE optional access to all OCAD Weekly ONLINE FUN Classes! WORTH £180! More classes being added soon so check back to see.
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How It Works

Students receive access to their own online studio where they can work through their course. Units and assignments are listed along with supporting resources, video tutorials for skills development, step by step guides etc. Photographs of students’ completed work are uploaded to their college e portfolio for assessment and constructive, friendly written feedback on how to progress. Additionally students are invited to discuss with an experienced and qualified personal tutor their progress and receive face to face verbal feedback, encouragement and support. Students may also benefit from relationships with their fellow online students as they can view profiles and comment on each others’ art work if they wish.


Formative as students progress through their course.

“I am passionate about my loose style of watercolours, wet-into-wet, and am keen to share it with others. Being spontaneous, immediate and atmospheric, I feel that this allows you to express more than the subject of the painting.”

Structure Of The Course

This exciting course is designed to ensure you produce a stimulating and rewarding painting project (s) which allow you to develop your knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence in expressing your ideas and feelings through painting.

Exploratory Stage: This first part of the course takes you through a programme of developing skills in painting. You can choose to specialise in oils, watercolour or acrylic. Or you can explore all three. This stage can be skipped if you are accomplished and confident in painting.

Pathway Stage: In this second part of the course you will be asked to make a painting project which is negotiated with your tutor. To get started you could simply make some sketches and photographs and develop these into paintings, you could be inspired by some common themes or you could rework or develop further a piece of existing work (yours or by another artist) with the the guidance and support of an experienced artist tutor.

Common themes include:
“Natural forms’
‘The way I look’
‘My world’
“I Me & Mine”
“Overhead and Underneath’
“Through The Keyhole’
“My Dream World”
“Lost and found”

Confirmatory Stage
In this final stage you work with your tutor to produce a final piece of art work which brings together your strongest ideas from your project.

Formal Assessment (Optional)
If you decide you want your artwork to be assessed by the examination board to obtain a formal qualification the assessment units are:

1- A/602/6142 Investigating information and developing research techniques – Mandatory Unit

2- K/602/6251 Developing and handling media and materials – Mandatory Unit

3- M/602/6252 Recognising and applying visual language and formal elements within production techniques – Mandatory Unit

4- A/602/6254 Working to set briefs – Mandatory Unit

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Cost of annual tuition: £299.99 GBP SAVE £60! (International students pay the same). Easy interest free payment terms available – pay just £29.99 GBP / $40 USD per month for as long as you are on the course ((minimum term 12 months). – For unlimited tuition and access to Art Classes

Limited Places

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