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Right thinking caps on for me please

Discussion in 'Personal' started by oldsomeman, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    I have decided i wish to drag myself out of this malaise or boredom and being pe ed off
    So i have decided i want to restart studying again
    Im looking for your opinions in 2 areas
    1) i want to take up my painting and being aware in still a beginner would iI be better on day courses or a 'study ' course...bearing in mind some the study courses are expensive and I am poor.I am interested in watercolour.but never done acrylis or oils.although i have the materials from a time when i was going to do it....but never quite did! lol
    would one day be better than weekend etc?
    Maybe some one might want to tutor me locally? even if its of a weekend
    2) to undertake my interest in photography
    I looked at a HND 2 year course but £6500 over two years is way past my pocket.Plus you have to provide a profile of work...and im never sure which of mine is 'good' as im always critical of my own efforts. Im not into quirky stuff.and i assume this is what colleges will want witha range of items showing creativty.
    any course you are aware off,done or heard off
    any particular landscape photographer who might take on a learner
    I dont mind some travelling do might be local one to you or your area...as long a reachable fro london

  2. grandelf

    grandelf New commenter

    You might know do several mini adult course a year at my local college.

    We have done several cooking classes, eg Mediterranean, Chinese etc.

    It might be worth seeing if your local college runs these as we pay about £50 for 10 weeks, 1 night a week. But they do run weekend courses etc.

    Eg a quick google for adult photography in london threw up several results

    eg http://www.hotcourses.com/uk-courses/Beginners-Digital-Photography-courses/page_pls_user_course_details/16180339/0/w/54086966/page.htm
  3. Although having a teacher may be the best, the costs might be too high?
    I think you can get all sorts of 'teaching' materials on CD's ...... DVD's or whichever.
    I know I have seen some for painting...... and books of course.
    Check out the web.
  4. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    This is an obvious point, I know, but have you checked out the adult education opportunities in your area? These are usually a reasonably economically viable prospect, and you may well get a discount.
  5. Check out the big craft sites
  6. gargs

    gargs Star commenter

    Adult education colleges offer a range of courses (you probably know that already, but it's worth reminding...)
    Lambeth does a variey of special interest course that don't cost the earth (Painting and Drawing £75 for 10 weeks)
    It might be a start...
    Maybe your local borough does something similar?
  7. katycustard

    katycustard Occasional commenter

    One of my daughters, who was a teacher, did a photography course at night school. It wasn't expensive, and she has done part time photography work ever since. The course was about 7 years ago and this August she leaves teaching to become a full time photographer.
  8. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

  9. Great idea and good luck
    Just having the mental energy to start finding new interests is a huge step forward when you've had a bad time like yours, art is a fantastic thing to do to lift mood and express stuff
    I'm not in that area but most colleges/ unis have a huge range of courses hope you find one that suits you.
  10. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    thanks gargs.that s to sort of thing
    I might add that although i can do distance courses and indeed have books on painting etc...i tend to find for painting i like 'company' for that..so i can ask questions etc if things go wrong or i need advice
    I have searched to local areas but there is a bewildering array of course......and i really am unsure whare i start.
    For eaxample i did basic watercolours....then realised that the method was do your own a nd we will correct you....but i realty what i wanted was someone to show me what to do and then say you do.(forever a school teacher lol)I need folk to create in me ideas.once im motoring along i wil dvelop my own but its hard to be inspired on your own.
    if i did photography would i be better doing a 'certified course..........or day ones.....
  11. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    thanks for thaty link that is handy
    i shall enquire although knowing newham they might only want residents..but ill try
  12. It sounds to me ( though I know nothing) that you are missing the interaction with groups of people so maybe a course would enable that - seeing people on a regular basis and discussing ideas?
  13. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    What's your borough, Olds?
    They may well offer similar.

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