LEARN TO PAINT / MONDAYS / 09:30-12:30 / 17 JANUARY- 21 MARCH / 9 SESSIONS + 1 RESEARCH TRIP

The Fine Art Room

Learn to Paint – Fully Booked
Dates: Monday 17 January – Monday 21 March. Please note there is no session on Monday 14 February
Time and venue: 09:30-12:30 – The Fine Art Room Northfields (see below for venue info)
No of sessions: 10 sessions – 9 online sessions + 1 midweek research trip (Central London gallery visits or online research assignment)
No. of students:
  6
Tutor: Mario Lautier Vella


THIS COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED – get in touch using the form below and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll email you if any spaces become available. Please note it is first come, first served for any available spaces.


Course fees:
Full fee:  £220
Senior fee (aged 65+) and concessionary fee*  £185

*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 one of London’s major art collections. The date will be discussed during the first session.

VenueThe 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

Covid-19 health and safety guidelines – keeping you and others safe 

The course will be delivered in accordance with current government guidelines on education provision and guidance provided by our venue. Please read our terms and conditions for more info. More information will be provided at the time of enrolment and during the first session – please get in touch if you have any questions.

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 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.


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