Community Learning: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking (OYAP Bicester)

Course overview

PLEASE NOTE this course takes place at:

OYAP Trust (former St Edburgs School), Cemetery Rd, Bicester, OX26 6BB Tel: 01869 602560

Tap into your artistic talents with this creative course introducing you to drawing, painting and practical printmaking techniques. A series series of fun practical exercises will help you to start your creative journey, looking at art, responding to the world around you and working with your imagination and ideas. Once you are familiar with different techniques, you can use the course to evolve your own projects.

Each workshop will be delivered at a gentle pace with lots of tutor support and is suitable for beginners and more experienced creatives.

Participation and creativity can offer relief and increase your well-being, having a positive effect on your day-to-day life!

We’ll be offering a two-hour session on Thursday afternoons 1-3pm, giving you plenty of time to experiment. You can attend as many of the sessions as you wish!

January: 19, 26

February: 2, 9, 23

March: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

April: 20, 27

May: 4, 11, 18, 25

June: 1,8,15, 22  

Our Community Learning programme offers a series of free, government-funded courses to develop skills, knowledge, confidence and improve mental wellbeing for adults aged 19 or over (at the start of the course).

Please visit our Community Learning homepage to see if you are eligible for a free place.


You will expand your creative abilities through:

  • drawing skills, including: mark making, describing line, form, proportions, shading, tonal work, perspective and compositional elements
  • use of different drawing materials, such as: pencils, charcoal, chalks, oil pastels, inks and mixed media use of drawing materials
  • painting skills covering: different brushwork and surfaces, colour mixing/theory
  • painting techniques and styles, eg: wet on wet, colour blending, use of mixed media and developing compositions
  • use of different painting materials: watercolours, acrylics, Inks, mixed media
  • exploring main printmaking methods like relief printing and monoprinting

During the workshops, you will learn primarily through hands-on application in the studio, with demonstrations. Along with additional hand-outs, you will be able to experiment with techniques yourself.

Basic materials will be provided, however we encourage you to bring any materials or equipment you may already own and wish to use.

This course runs term time only.

Tutor Profile: Liz Lake

You will be guided by Liz Lake, a practising artist and educator who studied at the Royal College of Art. Liz’s own work includes printmaking, sculpture and installation and has exhibited nationally and internationally alongside receiving commissions from Coventry Biennale, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Cardiff University. See Liz’s personal work, and her community-orientated work here.

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  • Flexible start - 22 June 2023
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Thursday
  • 20 Weeks
    • 16-18: Free

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

    • Adult: TBC

      Funded places are available on this course. Read the course description for details.

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