The ABC's of Painting

The-ABC's-of-PaintingOne of the things I love most about working here is that from time to time I get to meet someone new who asks me “Would I be good enough to come here?” The reason I love this so much is because it means I am with someone who, despite being nervous, has decided to take a risk and do something new. These people become ambassadors for the Art Metro because when they discover they can paint it creates excitement, and then that excitement makes them share with their friends and family what they have been doing here.

A couple of years ago I decided to recognise this risk taking by creating some Absolute Beginner’s Classes. The Friday art classes were specifically for for people who wanted to give it a go with a group of like minded people close to the same level as themselves. The classes provided an easy step by step painting structure that has been the hallmark of the Art Metro teaching programme for the last 8 years, and has enabled hundred’s of Cantabrians to develop new creativity in their lives.

Due to the popularity and success of this programme, many of the students who joined in 2013/2014 have stayed to continue developing their talent. This means that it is no longer possible to run classes only for beginners but the programme is still being offered throughout the week with continuing poularity. However, it needs to be recognised that the beginner classes now have people in them who have been here for some time and have become those people who are seen to be ‘accomplished artisits’. I hope that if you are considering joining as a beginner you will not be put off by being with students who have been learning for a few terms already – they were all beginners at one stage too!

Learn to paint oil & acrylic techniques in this class, which can be applied to:

  • Landscapes
  • Seascapes
  • Portraits
  • Still Life
  • Cartoons
  • The Human Body
  • Animals
  • Fantasy Paintings






Term dates

TERM 129 January - 30 March
TERM 22 April - 1 June
TERM 34 June - 10 August (runs over 10 weeks due to mid-year break: 2 July to 6 July)
TERM 413 August - 12 October
TERM 515 October - 14 December

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All the adult classes are $279 (including GST) for each 9 week term. Please note this does not include supplies.

Introductory gear packs are available for:

  • $130 for the Adult painting and ABC Painting classes kit
  • $85 for an Abstract kit
  • $80 for watercolours kit
  • $50 for drawing and ABC drawing kit