Drawing and Painting - Beginners

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Drawing and Painting - Beginners

This course is primarily aimed for prospective candidates who are motivated to learn basic fundamental skills in drawing and painting.  This short programme is specifically designed for beginners who wish to be able to draw/ paint in a successful manner through guided structured practical lessons.  Detailed explanations, demonstrations and practical advice will help the learners to develop a range of skills and techniques that will offer self-confidence whilst drawing and painting.  Learners who successfully complete this programme may opt to progress to the next level by following the course – Drawing and Painting - Beginners 2

This is a 26 hour guided learning course.  Students need to invest further hours which will include private study and home assignments.

Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website.

This unit aims at developing very basic skills that are essential in order to be able to draw and paint.  It focuses on different techniques, drawing skills, colour theories and different media which will become important assets in producing still life and simple landscapes.

Learning Outcome 1; Simplify objects into basic shapes              

Unit Content

  • Four basic shapes: cylinder, sphere, cube and cone
  • Space relationships

Learning Outcome 2; Draw a basic still life

Unit Content

  • Learning about proportions
  • Being able to use linear and angular measurements
  • Awareness of positive and negative spaces

Learning Outcome 3; Apply different concepts in drawing and painting

 Unit Content

  • Different techniques in shading; gradations, hatching and cross-hatching
  • Knowledge about perspective
  • Knowledge about colour theories

Learning Outcome 4; Use four different media in drawing and painting

Unit Content

  • Practice in pencil shading
  • Using charcoal and chalk
  • Properties of acrylics/ poster colours
  • Soft pastels

The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed;


  • Completed compulsory education 

Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.

MCAST Certificate of Attendance

  • An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.

MCAST Certificate of Achievement

  • An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria and also choose to sit and pass the course assessment/s.
  • Students who opt not to sit for the assessment or fail (the assessment/s) will however be awarded the MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfill the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.

If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s.  Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test.  However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.

Any additional material needed including pencils, drawing books etc., will be indicated by the lecturer during the course.

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