LEARN TO PAINT / 10 SESSIONS / MONDAY / 09:30-12:30 / 21 SEPT – 30 NOV

Learn to paint
Dates: Monday 21 September – Monday 30 November (please note there is no session on Monday 2 November)
Time: 9.30-12.30
Venue:  The Fine Art Room – Northfields (see below for venue info)
No of sessions: 10 sessions – 9 studio sessions + 1 midweek research trip (Central London gallery visits)
No. of students:
  8
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella


Course fees:
Full fee:  £230
Senior fee (aged 65+) and concessionary fee*  £190

*Concessionary fees are available if you receive housing and council tax benefits, income support or jobseeker’s allowance. You will be required to provide evidence at the time of booking.  Instalment payments may be available – please get in touch to discuss this further. See our terms and conditions before booking or get in touch with any questions you may have.


A 9 week, step-by-step painting course that covers everything you need to start painting like a pro. 

Working with acrylics, we will look at how to start your painting practice – what you’ll need, how paint works and how to create paintings using different techniques including alla prima and  classical / indirect painting.

We will also consider how artists have used paint throughout the centuries as we look at a number of paintings for ideas and inspiration.  Handouts also provide you with additional information.

Your course also includes a midweek research day trip to two of London’s major art collections.

Venue: The Fine Art Room – Northfields

Your course takes place at Northfields Community Centre.
Northfields Community Centre is located at 71A Northcroft Rd, London, W13 9SS.

The centre is approximately 5 minutes walk from Northfields Tube station (Piccadilly Line). Local bus routes: E2 or E3.  There are a few parking spaces available at the centre but these cannot be reserved / guaranteed.  Parking restrictions are in place close to the Centre but free parking is available in streets a short distance away. See map

Course level: beginners or anyone who wants to refresh their painting skills. Drawing skills essential – if you’re a newcomer to art, we recommend you do our Learn to draw course first.

Course materials:  You will need to bring your own painting kit – we will provide you with a materials list once you’ve booked on the course. Paper will be provided.

Your course tutor: Mario Lautier Vella has been teaching beginners how to paint since starting his teaching career in 2011.

A qualified art tutor and professional artist, painting is a key part of his practice. Working with oils, acrylics and mixed media, In 2018, Mario won the Watford Area Arts Forum Art Challenge Harrington Trophy for a new series of 50 small paintings gathered together and presented in a vintage photo album (click here for more info). His work can be found in collections across the UK, the Netherlands, Malta, Australia, Canada and the USA. Find out more

Book your place

Fill in the form below to book your place or please get in touch with any questions you may have. Please read our course terms and conditions before booking.