FREE Beginners Learn To Draw and Paint Course

Here at the Online College of Art and Design we have helped many aspiring artists and designers since we started in 2002 to realise their dreams. It all starts with a spark of interest and then step by step confidence and skills building. All of our courses begin with our unique Confidence and Skills builder course and now you can study this crucial course for FREE!


The great thing about this course is that anybody can learn to draw and paint without being put off by having to pay. Even better is that for students who decide to pursue a creative career via OCAD's nationally accredited qualifications can use the artwork they produce from this FREE course towards it. So not only are you learning how to draw and paint for FREE you are actually studying the first part of nationally accredited qualifications that can springboard you on to Foundation Diploma Access to University courses and beyond to creative careers.


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Course Overview

  • Entry Requirements: Any age - no previous art or design qualifications required.
  • Requirements: broadband connection / basic art materials / motivated students


Should you wish to progress to accredited courses:

How It Works

For the FREE course simply clcik here and complete OCAD Tutor Jemma's FREE Tasks 1 to 16 and then if you wish to progress on to an accredited Level 2 Art and Design Certificate Ofqual. 501/2278/2) then click here for more information.



Formative as pupils progress. Message Jemma via the FREE course website - clcik here


Structure Of The FREE 20 Video Course

Task 1. Right side of the brain drawing - upside down drawing

Task 2. Graphite Tonal Drawing PLUS Perspective Drawing Video Tutorial

Task 3. Universal Forms in Charcoal PLUS Still Life in Charcoal Video Tutorial

Task 4. Still Life using Graphite

Task 5. Knife, Fork and Spoon Graphite and Charcoal Tonal Drawing

Task 6. Portrait Proportions

Task 7. Self Portrait in Charcoal

Task 8. The Colour Wheel PLUS Colour Values in Still Life Video Tutorial

Task 9. Still Life in Pastels PLUS Fruit Bowl Video Tutorial

Task 10. Paul Cezanne Painting Style

Task 11. Photography - Taking a Self-Portrait Video Tutorial

Task 12. Painting a Self Portrait

Task 13. Artists who Paint Portraits - working in the style of artists

Task 14. Photography Landscapes

Task 15. Painting Landscapes

Task 16. Collage - Working With Mixed Media

Task 17. Sculpture - Working in 3d


Students will also make connections between their own work and the work of other artists and designers. Students will be taught to use their new skills, knowledge and understanding more independently to express their own ideas and feelings and they will begin to annotate their work.

The full programme FULLY prepares pupils for progression to Level 2 /GCSE / IGCSE exam courses.



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