Drawing, Painting and Illustration information

Drawing and Painting in autumn 2020

BAEC runs many types of Drawing and Painting courses for beginners, improvers and intermediates at the Kentwood and the Poverest centres. Most courses are mixed ability. Depending on your experience, you will have the opportunity to develop your art and individuality. Beginners will follow a set programme to acquire their skills, while improvers and intermediate learners will agree their own targets with the tutor. Each course content is versatile and tutors may prioritise several techniques, artists or subjects at different times. Please contact enquiries@baec.ac.uk and ask to be put in touch with the curriculum leader, if you would like further information on a particular course content.

Materials for botanical illustration, drawing and painting classes will normally be discussed during the first session of the course and we recommend that you do not purchase art equipment until you have agreed the list with the tutor. You are asked to bring any art materials you already have to the first session. Please note that quality art equipment can be a substantial investment; talk to your tutor as soon as possible if you have concerns about additional costs for your course.

Following the Covid-19 emergency,  we have made changes to the way courses are delivered. Our students' wellbeing and safety is our prime concern and we ask that you work with us to ensure social distancing and safe working practices.

Classroom based courses

In September 2020, we are  reducing the maximum number of learners in each group, depending on the size of the room. We advise you to enrol early to secure your place. You can enrol with confidence, in the knowledge that, should government guidance prevent the course from taking place, you are assured of a full refund.

You will need to provide a basic art kit that you should not share with other students. The list of minimum requirements will be emailed to you prior to the start of the course. We realise that specialist equipment is used by multiple users at times; there will be sanitising facilities in the classroom and a booking system  will be agreed to ensure minimal contact.

The layout of the Art rooms at Kentwood and Poverest have been altered to facilitate social distancing. You may find that you need to enter by a different door than usual, and that movements around the room are restricted. Other procedures e.g. rota to use the sinks, easels etc. will be agreed at the first session.

Your tutor will demonstrate techniques on his/her own project, and direct you while you work on your item. Social distance should be respected at all times, and each student must be the only person touching their work.

We are increasing the frequency of classroom cleaning, but we ask for your cooperation in making sure that your workstation and all shared equipment is wiped down after use.

To assist us in keeping classrooms clean and clutter-free, please only bring what you need and arrive promptly, but not before the start of your session.

Only bottled water in a sealed container is allowed, please keep it in your bag when not in use.

Online courses

Some courses will be taught online in autumn 2020, and will resume in the classroom when possible. You will need an internet connection and a camera. The tutor will send instructions on joining remote meetings and how she will support learners. You will need a valid email address.

Registering your interest 

Reduced group size means that we may run additional courses later in the year. If you are interested in joining a class, but not yet ready to commit, please email enquiries@baec.ac.uk and we will add your name on a waiting list, so we can contact you with further information as soon as possible. Similarly, if you wish to discuss our new procedures in more details, email us and we will forward your enquiry to the curriculum leader.

If you would like to speak to the tutor, let us know and we will arrange for our experienced teacher to contact you.