Bluecoat: dot-art: Beginner’s Acrylic Painting

Bluecoat: dot-art: Beginner's Acrylic Painting
Bluecoat: dot-art: Beginner’s Acrylic Painting

Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 21/04/2020
Times: 18:45 - 21:00


Over a 10 week course you will learn a variety of traditional painting techniques using acrylics.

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

Tuesdays, 6.45 – 9pm starting 21 April 2020 (£160 for 10 sessions)



This painting course will be open to all abilities from complete beginners to those who haven’t picked up a paintbrush since school, to those who use art as a hobby, as well as artists wanting to develop 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.

Each session 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:

1. Colour Theory

2. Imprimatura and Underpainting

3. Skin Tones and Portrait Study

4. Chroma Still Life Study

5. The Organic Landscape

6-10. 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 / Summer Programme 2020, Tuesday evenings from 6.45 – 9pm

April 21, 28

May 12, 19, 26

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


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 receive an essential list of materials 2-3 weeks before the start of the course. If you require this list earlier, please email



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.

Cancellations / Refunds

Once you have made your course booking your are committed to it. This is because our courses have very small student numbers, and often sell-out and are unavailable to others. Therefore any cancellations may result in a place not being filled, or a course not being able to run.

Cancellations are permitted up to 30 days before the start of a course, and a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of a course. If you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments you do not have the right to a refund.

If you wish to cancel your place on a course that has not yet started and you have a friend or colleague who can take your place we can accommodate this substitution.

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