Your course includes:
• Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with course content including PDFs of key information to save and keep
• Approximately one hour of instructional videos to work through and repeat at your own pace
• Practical tasks to complete to develop your painting skills
• Helpful materials suppliers list
• Additional notes and ideas
• Student online gallery
• Introduction to the College, your tutor Christine Forbes and workshop overview
• Getting Started; Health and Safety, Tools, Materials and Set up requirements
Understanding the importance of drawing
Selecting your colour palette and exploring painting techniques
Painting a finished study of your still life
Completing your painting
Ideas for going forward
6B solid graphite stick
Round, synthetic brush No 8 (short handle)
Pocket watercolour set
Plastic Daisy palette
Cartridge paper – 140g gsm. Approximately 4 x A4 sheets
Watercolour paper, ‘Not’ 300gsm. (Bockingford.) 2 X A4 sheets.
I sheet of A4 tracing paper
A workboard, A3 size
What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels
What format does the course take?
Our online courses have approximately one hour video content, with a minimum completion time of approximately two hours.
Is the course taught live?
No, the course is self-paced and designed so that you can study it at a time you choose. This means you can dip in and out of the course as often as you wish during your four weeks of access.
How long will I have access to my course?
You will have access to course materials for four weeks commencing from your user account being generated (within 2 working days of booking).
What technologies are used to deliver the course?
We use CANVAS, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), for all your course materials. This is a system for delivering learning materials via the Internet. It offers you flexible access to all the course content, which is available to you for the duration of the course.
Do the course videos have subtitles for hearing impaired people?
Yes, all of our course videos have the option to display closed captions in English.
Will I receive any printed material for the tasks set?
As this is an online course all instructions are on your course pages online. They are also available as a PDF to download and print. The tutor will take you through each task so that by the end of the course, you can complete the whole project.
How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.
Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout and your account will be credited with any monies remaining.
How do I access my course?
You will receive your login details by email, typically within 2 working days.
Can I buy a course on behalf of a group?
Each of the courses has been designed as a one-to-one lesson, allowing you to view it closely on your own screen and go back and forward through the lesson content, working on each section at your own pace. For this reason, courses are only available on an individual basis at this time. You are given access to a course via a designated email address.
What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can purchase and watch our courses on all computers and devices – Mac, PC, Mobile and Tablet – with an Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below). You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser. Some of the course resources are presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.
Can I watch the course on my TV?
It may be possible to watch the courses on your TV, depending on the equipment you have at home. You can purchase and watch our courses on computers and devices with an internet connection. The online learning experience is entirely browser based and is not available in any TV app form. Many additional products, such as Chromecast for Android or Apple TV, allow you to cast or stream the content from your laptop or tablet to your TV. In addition, many TVs and connected devices also have their own internet browsers which should allow you to login to the site and access courses, just as you would from your laptop or tablet. Alternatively, your laptop or tablet may allow you to connect to your TV using an HDMI cable which would allow you to see the screen on your TV. Due to the various different technologies available, it is difficult for us to offer detailed customer service support for streaming to TV.
What web browser do you recommend?
PC users - Firefox ver. 54, Chrome ver. 58 or Edge ver. 14 or newer are recommended. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 11 (or older) are not supported.
Mac users - Safari and Firefox are recommended.
We do not recommend using any Internet service provider's proprietary browser, as certain functions may be restricted. We regularly upgrade the site to add features and improve the quality of your experience. Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.
Phones and tablets - All courses are built on a responsive platform, allowing for access on most smartphones and tablets.
What do I do if I experience technical issues?
If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email email@example.com with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.
I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact email@example.com immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of the day you receive course access, and without accessing the course material. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking.
For any other queries about online courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Clear demonstrations and encouraging advice plus the ability to watch the tutorials as often as necessary to reinforce understanding."2020
"It was very clearly presented. Being able to watch it more than once and replay parts that were particularly interesting. In this way I could make extensive notes and ensure I understood what was being demonstrated."
Christine Forbes is a Sussex artist and graduate of Northbrook College, Worthing. Her background is in design, acting, fashion and catering. She has been teaching for over 16 years (both adults and children) and includes: The National association of Gifted Children and HMP Ford. She continues to work for private, club and corporate clients. Christine exhibits regularly and is a member of the Sussex Watercolour Society. She runs her own gift card business.