Develop your drawing and painting skills with this inviting, accessible course covering all the techniques needed to draw and paint successfully, including preparation and different media. Practically based and fully illustrated, this home study course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn the basics of art as well as those wishing to extend their skills. If you’re studying for an art qualification, the extra ground you’ll cover on this course should provide an excellent complement. Full details of the course can be found below.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
No previous painting or drawing skills are required.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for approximately 60 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 12 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
- iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser
- Google Chrome (latest version)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.
How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
Deko is a trading name of Pay4Later Ltd who act as a credit intermediary. They are registered in England and Wales (company number 06447333) and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 728646). For more information please go to www.dekopay.com/faq or visit www.dekopay.com.
Module 1: Foundation
- Making a start
- Relating painting and drawing
Module 2: Still life and natural forms
- Subjects and groupings
- Drawing and painting what you see
- Some painting strategies
Module 3: The figure
- Introducing the figure
- Drawing the figure
- Painting the figure
Module 4: Themes
- Working from a theme
- Interpreting themes
- Composition from a theme
Thank you for your interest in this course.
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What our students say...
"The course I’m studying doesn’t lead to a qualification, but it is a subject I love, and it’s given me a chance to return to it after many years away. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to study this course; it’s meant a lot."
— Patricia Palmer