Recreational Course: Portrait Painting (Paignton)

Subject Area Art and Design
Course Type Adult Community Learning
Start Date September 2020
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Recreational Course: Portrait Painting (Paignton)

This recreational course has been designed for adults who would like to be able to paint portraits using a variety of mediums. The aim is to find ways of capturing a likeness to the subject being painted and develop techniques associated with measuring perspective and the application of paint using different approaches.


You will learn about scale and measuring, proportion, the application of paint using watercolour and acrylic paints, lights and darks to give depth and attention to detail using fine brushwork. You will have a better understanding of how to capture a person with drawing and painting and be able to convey the character of the person.


For further details about this course please contact us on 01803 540865 or email

Close up of a paint palette.

Course Details

Entry Requirements
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  • You should have a genuine interest in this subject
What will I learn?
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  • Develop techniques associated with measuring perspective

  • Application of paint using different approaches

  • Scale and measuring, proportion, the application of paint using watercolour and acrylic paints

  • How to give depth and attention to detail using fine brushwork

Course Applications

Please choose you preferred study option below (subject to change).

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LocationPaignton Campus
Dates30/09/2020 - 09/12/2020
Times12:30 - 14:30

This course costs: £88.00

If you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.

This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).

You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.

To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.


Studying an Adult Community Learning course allowed me to learn new skills from experienced tutors and develop my hobby further. I really enjoyed every part of it.Stephen Wilks-Brown

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

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