Drawing and Painting for Beginners


A FULL COMPREHENSIVE ART COURSE   NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE   or CLASS-BASED     This class tends to become fully booked quickly. 

This intensive art course is specifically designed for the beginner adult learner who wants to enjoy the self-expressive subject and intrinsic process of art. No worries of getting bored during this course! From realistic drawings, watercolour landscapes, portraits and much more…

Divided into 2 main courses– the Drawing and the Watercolour Painting courses followed by 2 top-up specialization workshops: the Pen and Watercolour and the Watercolour Landscape (en plein air) workshops —  this beginner program offers a wonderful combination of different styles of art, aimed at keeping you engaged, motivated and excited.

During these courses you will have the opportunity to:

✓ Learn the Foundations of Drawing: from shading techniques, still lifes and perspective to basic anatomy and portraiture;

✓ Acquire solid painting skills during the Watercolour painting course;

✓ Become confident drawing and painting using time-proven techniques and different media to become a versatile artist!

Upcoming commencement dates: Oct ’23; January ’24 (Multiple courses and dates – select below)
Sessions and times: Monday 9-11AM or 7:30-9:30PM (for Drawing) or Wednesday 7:30-9:30PM (for Watercolour Painting)
Total Duration: 66 hours (see bottom section for more details) | Fee: different course options (see below)
⚠️ This program is very popular and tends to become fully booked quickly.⚠️

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MQF level 5 Award in Fine Art: Drawing and Painting (Classical Realism) program.

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Course Description

Disclaimer: Due to the current COVID-19 situation being still liquid and as part of our Special H&S, Mitigation and Continuity of Learning Policy students may have the option to attend the course online or physically in-class*. Continue reading   * Physical classes are subject to be suspended or transferred online with or without prior notice depending on the then current COVID-19 situation. 

Programme Overview

The Beginner Art Program is divided into 2 main courses: 1st the Fundamentals to Realist Drawing course in pencils and charcoal and secondly the Watercolour painting course, followed with 2 top-up specialization workshops in Pen and Watercolour and Landscape Painting respectively. The beginner program is designed to supply the student with a complete learning experience of representational art. It also supplies the beginner student with the technical foundations of drawing and painting. With the whole culmination of work resulting in a versatile art portfolio.

Is this programme right for You?

The Art course for beginners is specifically designed for the busy adult learner who wants to obtain confidence and build a versatile portfolio using various media and techniques. With the benefit of small-sized classes individual attention and guidance is provided all throughout the course, as per the student’s, performance level. Lessons are very easy-to-follow yet challenging enough to keep you engaged and motivated enough to get you continually progressing.

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Course Modules

The tables below provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the whole Beginners’ program.

What will you Learn after these courses?

✓ Learn how to draw and paint using time-proven techniques;
✓ Ability to intuitively draw whatever you see or imagine and progress from basic to advanced levels;
✓ Discover the principles guiding basic human anatomy, portraiture and landscape painting;
Become confident using various media and techniques and learn how to apply them to your own artistic compositions;
You will learn different art methods (both traditional and non conventional) which enable you to keep developing and improving your skills after the Course is Finished;
✓ Gain from the professional art critique and feedback of a professional artist;
By the end of this program you will successfully develop your first significant art portfolio to become a versatile fine artist.

Meet the Tutor

Kelsey May Connor - Tutor Profile | AK Malta Kelsey May Connor | B.A. (Hons) Fine Arts Kelsey, is a professional fine artist from Senglea. She has been studying art form a very young age under many master artists. Throughout her academic studies she has devoted most of her time delving in the studies of Representational and Surrealism Art at the Malta Institute of Fine Arts. Following her Honours in Fine Arts she continued to delve deeper in methods of the Classical Masters in Drawing and Painting. Despite her young age, Kelsey has been involved in many artistic projects both commercially and for private clients. She has been most recently renowned for her quick narration sketches on Kelma Kuljum on TVM and for the design of the Enemalta anniversary monument in Marsa.

What to Expect?

100s of students have taken our beginner program in Drawing and Watercolour painting over the past 3 years… the main ingredient for constant progress? Talent can be over rated… Good’ol Commitment and Perseverance!

From the Watercolour painting course

From the Drawing course

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Frequently asked questions

Certificate VS Qualification: What's the difference?

With our Certificate VS Qualification learning option you are flexible to choose your own mode of learning & study.

Certificate option (Informal Learning): You may opt for the Certificate learning-mode if you wish to attend the course for your own leisure or for personal development. A Certificate of Participation & Skills acquired is awarded upon successful completion based on favourable attendance and project completion. This certification will be recognised as Informal Learning.

Qualification option (Formal Learning)You may choose the qualification learning path for professional and accredited recognition to your learning. An Official Qualification/Award certificate will be awarded to upon successful completion of all course assessment and project criteria.

This is an internationally recognised qualification, which continues to confirm the relevance of our industry-designed study programmes.

An extra fee is applicable and reflective of the extra assessment, project & placement hours.

NOTE: Students have 30 days from course commencement to upgrade their mode of study (from Certificate to Qualification). No other or later changes will be possible. Other general Terms & Conditions apply.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. In select learning programs, you can apply for financial aid under the Get Qualified scheme. Students who attend any of the eligible study programmes can apply for the Get Qualified Scheme upon successful completion which will enable them to benefit from a tax credit of 70% of the costs incurred.

P.S The Get Qualified scheme is only eligible for formal and accredited (Qualifications & Awards) courses. Certificate level (informal) courses are ineligible for funding.

I'd love to enrol but my budget is limited. How can I go about this?

ACM offers students the chance to schedule 3 interest-free payments which gives them the freedom and flexibility to invest in their studies and still do the things they love.

EasyPay Scheme – Students may also opt for the EasyPay plan for longer instalment payments. For more info visit here

Funding – Students also have the chance to get 70% of their course fees back thanks to the Get Qualified Scheme.

What our students are saying

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Paul FarrugiaAfter attending the Classical Realism Introductory course and the Life Portrait Painting specialization course

It was an amazing workshop! looking forward to the next 🙂

Sephora BaldacchinoAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thank you 😊 Great opportunity. Loved every moment. 💚Ready for more😊😊 hope to work with you all very soon. Xxx

Stephanie CalascioneAfter attending the Golden Proportions

Thanks a lot, I'm very grateful for attending your workshps Štefan Priehyba Camilleri, was a great experience and very interesting. You really have a good way of explaining and delivering such knowledge. And also a big thanks to Kelsey and Andrei of Art Classes Malta too for making it happen. 🙂

Raisa BusuttilAfter attending the Golden Proportions course

Kelsey May Connor was an Excellent Teacher....Highly Recommended !!

Sandrina EnglandAfter attending the Classical Realism course | 07/04/19

Art Classes Malta is a very good and professional school in Malta. I loved the courses of Painting and Classical Realism. The tutors were amazing and the level and depth of these courses is unparalleled locally. I have enrolled for another course in Interior Design.. looking forward for this new experience as well!

Eman BusuttilAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Classical Realism course

I am truly enjoying coming to the course , I adore your work ! 😍Thank you for the experience you share with us!. Many thanks 😘

Gina Laura SalibaAfter attending the Watercolour beginner's course

My daughter really loves attending her lessons with ms Kelsey. I also attended 2 adult courses one with Kelsey and with Stefan.Great tutors I am very happy and thankful for offering us with such great courses!

Carmen AgiusAfter attending the Beginner Art programme

Great tutors, would recommend to anyone that wants to develop their drawing and painting skills or just spend some time doing what they enjoy.

Alison RogersAfter attending the Classical Realism and Big Scale Anatomy courses

Loved every second going to these lessons. Its hard to find such intelligent and skilled teachers here in Malta! Please keep organizing more courses for us adults.

Raymond BorgAfter attending the Beginner Art programme and Big Scale Anatomy course

Nice environment, smiling people, valuable teaching. Lovely!!

Roberto PrestigiacomoAfter attending the Classical Realism programme | 28/03/19

I never drew anything in my life, but after some lessons, I drew still life and faces. Also you learn how to look at things like never before Thanks only goes to Kelsey.

Charles DemanueleAfter attending the Beginner Realist Drawing course | 09/05/19

Thoroughly recommend ACM. You don't have to be brilliant in art to join, you will learn techniques that will give you skills. lovely studio, relaxing music, very lovely and talented tutor. Very therapeutic, and satisfying !

Anna Maria O'ConnellBeginner Drawing student -- 31/07/19

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