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Still Life and the Secrets Within

Course Description

This course begins by looking at still life and hidden meanings from objects in paintings. Your tutor will demonstrate a range of drawing techniques and mark making to help you to create exciting and varied still life studies, depicting texture, tone and depth. This class is suitable for beginners, improvers and more experienced artists wanting to develop their observational drawing and painting skills.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

The course is unaccredited; you do not need any qualifications to join but just a willingness to learn. You are welcome if you have little experience or have done some drawing and painting before but want to continue to develop your skills and continue to improve. The course is flexible and can take into account individual, as well as group needs.

Course Content

The one-day course is an introduction for beginners to the basics of still life technique. For those with some previous experience, it will provide an opportunity to fully grasp the basics as well as have more time to explore a personal project. During this course you will: Draw using line and tone, Draw using measurement to understand structure, scale and proportion, Understand what palette of colours to choose for a particular painting, and Develop your own ideas to produce a personal project

Teaching and Learning Methods

The teacher will introduce different techniques of still-life drawing and painting. There will be ample opportunities for you to draw while the tutor works with the group, as well as with you on a one-to-one basis, to help you improve your work through practice and discussion. Basic resources are provided within each lesson including handouts to support learning and the course materials are also available online.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor. There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572