Bluecoat: dot-art: Beginner Acrylic Painting

Bluecoat: dot-art: Beginner Acrylic Painting
Bluecoat: dot-art: Beginner Acrylic Painting

Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 07/05/2019
Times: 18:45 - 21:00

Explore and investigate a broad range of traditional and contemporary painting processes and practices, focusing on the use of acrylics, with renowned artist and experienced teacher Richard Meaghan. Suitable for beginners.

***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***


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Tuesdays 6.45pm – 9pm starting 7th May 2019 (£160 for 10 sessions)


This painting course will be open to all abilities from complete beginners who haven’t done art since school, to those who use art as a hobby, as well as artists wanting help developing their own work and practise.

Over the course of 10 weeks, you will develop your awareness of painting as a unique means of visual communication. Through practical work you will consolidate your knowledge of visual grammar and expand your visual literacy. You will consider how ideas, information and feelings can be articulated, transformed and conveyed through visual systems, processes and conventions. As well as having the opportunity to reflect on historical precedents and draw upon your own experiences, you will be encouraged to explore your own aesthetic abilities and visual judgements which will form a fundamental part of your practise.

During the course you will be asked to explore and develop ideas relating to your own “Personal Environment”. This will involve the processes of research, development of ideas and the design and production of work relating to the brief.

You should focus on making work that relates to your own experience of being in the world. This may relate to home or work life, landscape or nature as you see it, remember or imagine it. It could also relate to hobbies or interests, film, media, politics, religion, sport etc etc and can incorporate any number of differing experiences that make reference to who you are.

As artists we have a whole array of interests and ideas but how do we make art with all this stuff?

This course will give you the opportunity to use your imagination and develop those inventive processes alongside traditional and contemporary techniques. You will make art as an artist does and develop your project from its conceptual beginning to its physical end. The course will help you develop a deeper understanding of art and how as practitioners we think and realise work.

This course provides skill based learning in order to deepen the understanding and applications of the visual language that surrounds us. During the 10 weeks you will build up to the creation of your own finished painting in acrylics as follows:

Week 1: The importance of drawing (gradation study).
Week 2: Colour theory.
Week 3: Underpainting (grisaille study).
Week 4: Chroma (still life study).
Week 5: Invention and composition.
Weeks 6-10: Individual project.

Tutor: Richard Meaghan

Professional artist Richard is currently based in a studio at Metal in Liverpool. He studied Fine Art at Staffordshire university, and on graduating, was awarded a travel grant to study Renaissance Art in Italy. The resulting work was awarded first prize in the Sefton Open, followed shortly with his first solo Public exhibition at the Atkinson Art gallery, Southport.

Meaghan was chosen as one of three emerging artists to exhibit alongside Turner Prize winners Chris Ofili and Keith Tyson in ‘Exposed- Art and Culture in England’s North West’ and was shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize in 2009. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and has future exhibitions planned for Liverpool, London, Copenhagen, Denmark, Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium.


Spring Programme 2019, Tuesday evenings from 6.45-9pm

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th May

4th, 11th, 25th June *No session 18th June*

2nd, 9th, 16th July


Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. You can enter the building via the front courtyard off School Lane, or through the garden at the back off College Lane. Nearest train station- Liverpool Central.


£160 for the 10 week course (full course must be booked in advance)

It is possible to split this cost into two payments of £80, please call 0345 017 6660 for more details.


You will need to provide your own materials, a full list will be provided 2-3 weeks before the start of the course.

If you would like to access the materials lists at an earlier date, please click on our suggested prefilled Cass Art Basket below, which offers you a 5% discount on everything you will need for the course. You are more than welcome to add or remove items from this basket.


  • There are a maximum of 15 places available on the course, so early booking is essential.
  • To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660.