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Vibrant expressionist painting

Painting, Colour and Expressionism

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


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!

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

Wednesday 9 October – 11 December 2024 (10 Wednesdays, 18.00-21.00)

Spring term 2025

Wednesday 5 February – 9 April 2025 (10 Wednesdays, 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
  • Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy
  • For your first class:

    • Hardback A4 sketchbook
    • Drawing pencils
    • Charcoal

    For future classes (your tutor will advise in advance):

    • Black fine line drawing pens
    • Cheap acrylic paint set
    • Paintbrushes
    • Cheap canvases (in a variety of sizes)
    • Any additional materials that you wish to experiment with (optional)
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Short Courses FAQs – Evening and Weekend and Saturday Art School

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses booking T&Cs

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About this course

This fun and lively course 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 exciting 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

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 with unusual mediums (in 2D and 3D)
  • Colour theory
  • Exploration of artists and techniques used by art movements

At the end of the course you'll:

  • 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
  • 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. 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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Laura Wyatt

Laura Wyatt is a professional illustrator and watercolour artist whose work is playful and interactive, often featuring pop-up elements.

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This could just be the start of your creative journey! After this course, you could further your artistic skills with another short course or look to the future and explore our creative qualifications that can prepare you to further your current career, enable you to retrain to an alternative career path or prepare you for future creative arts studies.

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Why choose AUB for your short course?

We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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