Over 60s' Art

Mary Ward Centre
Course summary
36 weeks
105 GBP excl. VAT
Part time
Professional Training

Course description

Over 60s' Art

Use simple, fun techniques, and gain skills and confidence in a range of materials while developing a personal style. This course is not suitable for absolute beginners as much of the work is advanced, experimental and/or relates to exhibitions visited by the class. There are many other painting and drawing classes at the Mary Ward Centre or Blackfriars Centre which would be more suitable.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Any person over 60 who is wants to learn to draw and paint and who is interested in learning to 'make things'. Don't worry if you don't have good eyesight or a steady hand or if you have any other physical or learning difficulties - you will be included in all activities and extra help can be given if necessary. Just have a word with your tutor on the first day of term.

Outcome / Qualification etc.


  • To initiate and establish a productive, friendly and fun art and craft activity group
  • To develop confidence when discussing your own work and that of others.
  • To enable and promote confidence in making items and visual expression
  • To promote confidence when using different materials and techniques
  • To encourage, where appropriate, the development of individual projects

Training Course Content


Each term we will experiment with different techniques in drawing, painting, or collage. We will also be exploring different crafts, both traditional and New. A typical term might include drawing, painting, decoupage, sewing felt accessories, jewellery making and working with glass or metal. We will try to design the course according to the interests of the majority of the students and you will be encouraged to work on your own projects, with help and/or advise if you need it.


Topics include how to create and understand the importance of colour, tone, composition, contrast and texture in 2D and 3D image-making.

  • Using marks, shape, tone and colour in various ways.
  • Using various materials to make 2D and 3D images and objects
  • Using different materials and techniques
  • Discussing, appreciating and learning from your own and others' work
  • Gaining confidence in developing your individual style and subject matter
  • Discussing and collaborating with the group, and learning and practicing the skills of constructive self-critique


  • Full fee: £105
  • Concessionary fee: £37

Continuing Studies

You may wish to join other art or craft classes at the Mary Ward Centre and/or elsewhere, building on the skills that you have acquired on this course. Specialist courses are available, or you may wish to continue with this course, improving Newly-acquired skills.

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Mary Ward Centre

The first thing you will notice about the Mary Ward Centre is the stunning Georgian building, in the peaceful surroundings of Queen Square. An adult education centre with a difference, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. From...

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Mary Ward Centre

42 Queens Square
WC1N 3AQ London

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