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Vibrant expressionist painting

Painting – Colour and Expressionism

On this fun and lively course, you’ll release your imagination and experiment with your artistic expression. After all, there’s no right or wrong way to be creative!

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What you need to know

When does it run?

Monday 15 January – 4 March 2024, including Saturday 17 February 2024

How long is the course?

8 Monday evenings and 1 Saturday

What time will your classes be?

Mondays 18.00-21.00

Saturday 09.00-16.00

Where does it take place?

Classes will take place on AUB's campus.

You'll be taught in AUB's industry-standard studios with access to professional resources.

Who's this course suitable for?

This course has been developed for creatives and aspiring artists aged 18+.

Perfect for anyone who has a passion to learn and develop their skills.

It's suitable if you're a beginner or if you've some previous experience and wish to develop your skills further.

Do you need previous experience or qualifications?

This is an introductory course, so no previous knowledge or experience is required.

Just bring an open mind, be prepared to express yourself creatively, and throw the rule book out of the window.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or +44 (0) 1202 363222.

How much does this course cost?


What's included in this price?

Any additional materials and resources not listed in the 'what to bring' or 'additional costs' section below.

Are there additional costs?

Please be aware you'll need to bring some art equipment with you. This may incur an additional cost on top of your course fee if you need to purchase any equipment. Refer to the 'what to bring' section below for full details.

What should you bring to class?

  • Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting messy

For your first class bring:

  • Sketchbook
  • Drawing pencils
  • Charcoal

For future classes you’ll need (to be advised ahead of time by your tutor):

  • Hard back A4 sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Black fine line drawing pens
  • Charcoal
  • Any other drawing materials you may have and wish to experiment with
  • Cheap acrylic set and brushes
  • Cheap canvases in variety of sizes

Why should you choose this course?

  • Improve your artistic abilities
  • Come away with enhanced knowledge, skills, and confidence to create your own art pieces
  • Explore and experiment with different mediums and a variety of techniques in both 2D and 3D
  • Develop a solid understanding of colour theory and complimentary colours
  • Unlock your imagination and consider the ‘process’ and the ‘experience’ as equally important as the end result
  • Learn and be inspired by famous artists and different art movements through time
  • Discover new approaches to creating and allow your ideas to adapt and evolve
  • Develop your technical skills and unique creative voice
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your industry professional tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and the skills to continue creating beyond the course
  • Study in an encouraging and friendly setting alongside 10 like-minded creatives

About this course

Why do we have to grow up and stop playing? Join this fun and lively course that celebrates the notion of ‘art for all’ in an environment where you'll be encouraged to experiment with your artistic expression, where there is no right or wrong.

On this lively course, experimentation, exploration, and fun are at the forefront of everything you’ll do. You’ll be encouraged to explore different methods of creativity and enjoy the process of creating art rather than focus upon the finished piece.

Each week you'll explore different art movements and artists, with the aim of inspiring your activities in areas such as action art, experimental ink work, marbling ink, acrylic paint pouring, water colour, expressive art inspired by poetry and ‘rubbish art’ (using recycled materials to create artwork on canvases).

Inspiration will come from the likes of cave art, Japanese ink work, Kandinsky, Pollock, Matisse, and Rauschenberg, just to name a few. Colour will also play a big part of this course; how colour can affect us and influence our creative expression

Your tutor, Sarah L. Goy, has extensive experience as a practising artist in fine art, illustration, and experimental animation. Her art practice and extensive world travels have heavily influenced her belief that art is for all. She’ll guide you to explore your own creativity and enjoy the process in a supportive and encouraging environment.

All classes will be relaxed, and you’ll be encouraged to express yourself and develop your own creativity.

  • How to use different materials and experiment with them
  • ‘Action art’, including techniques such as marbling and pouring
  • Working with alternative, recycled materials to create ‘rubbish art’
  • Using paint, both acrylic and watercolour
  • Ink work
  • Mark making
  • Working in 2D and 3D
  • Colour theory
  • Examine and be inspired by techniques used by art movements

  • Possess improved artistic skills and confidence to express yourself freely through art
  • Be able to demonstrate a wide range of techniques using a variety of mediums and be able to choose materials appropriate for your intentions
  • Be inspired by different art movements
  • Be knowledgeable in a range of different artistic processes
  • Not be afraid to experiment with different mediums and adapt your ideas as you go
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Be encouraged to experiment and explore your ideas, remembering that there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate contact the short courses team: or call 01202 363222.

After this course, you could:

  • Continue to harness your creativity and develop your skills further; explore our full range of Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short courses
  • Broaden your creative horizons and try your hand at a range of disciplines; explore our full range of evening and weekend courses
  • Continue to develop your skills at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Our tutors are industry professionals, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course, so there's nothing holding you back
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • You'll learn 'by doing' and always feel fully included and supported
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, and use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity
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Meet your tutor

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Sarah L Goy

Having graduated from Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design Sarah is a qualified illustrator and a contemporary artist.

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