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Fine Art – an Exploration of Techniques

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn
  • Length: 10 weeks


Over 10 weeks you’ll discover and develop your unique creative voice as you explore the techniques and skills needed to be a fine artist.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Thursday 10 October – 12 December 2024 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some art materials and equipment materials. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to make notes
  • Sketchbook
  • Drawing pencils
  • A range of brushes for oil and acrylic paint
  • Turpentine or equivalent studio safe solvent for oil painting
  • Glass jar
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About this course

Unlock your artistic potential and explore the fascinating world of fine art. On this exciting new course, you’ll explore alternative approaches and artistic mediums, methods, and artistic approaches. Whether you aspire to pursue a career in fine art or simply want to explore your passion for creativity, this course will be an enriching adventure of discovery that’ll ignite your creativity and inspire your artistic journey.

Under the guidance of our expert tutor, Aaron Peever, you’ll embark on a creative journey that combines theory, practical exercises, and hands-on projects. Through a series of engaging demonstrations and projects, you’ll learn the essential principles and techniques used in fine art, enabling you to express your unique artistic vision and increase your skills.

Throughout the course, you’ll cover a range of topics including drawing fundamentals, composition, colour theory, brushwork, texture creation, and more. You’ll have the opportunity to experiment with diverse mediums such as graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylics, and oil paints, and clay, allowing you to discover your preferred artistic and creative style.

By the end of this exploratory fine art journey, you’ll have developed a solid foundation of fine art techniques and be the proud owner of a portfolio that reflects your artistic growth.

  • Fine art practices
  • Oil painting and mediums
  • Drawing fundamentals
  • Life drawing
  • Surface construction
  • Colour theory
  • Paint mixing
  • Clay sculpting techniques
  • Casting techniques
  • Introduction to art curation

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Attend a final showcase of your work to celebrate what you’ve achieved; you’ll curate this exhibition jointly with your peers
  • Possess improved artistic abilities
  • Understand the principles of fine art and associated techniques and be able to put them in to practice with confidence
  • Understand and have experience working in a range of both 2D and 3D media
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there is no formal assessment. You’ll group share your work at the end of each session with the intention to support, inspire and encourage each other’s learning. 

As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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Meet your tutor

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Aaron Peever

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