Gray's School of Art

Location Painting

Short Course - Foundation & Intermediate

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Location Painting | Foundation & Intermediate
This course is designed to develop drawing and painting skills through location and studio based set projects.

You will learn how to gather small scale research drawings, colour studies and primary source material on location to develop personalised painting projects.

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Date
Semester One:
2 Oct - 20 Nov 2019
Semester Two:
8 Jan - 26 Feb 2020
Course Length
40 hours (16 weeks)
1.30pm - 4.00pm

You will experience working directly from the environment to translate outcomes into resolved painting compositions/finalised painting outcomes in the studio.

You will develop your paint application, tonal appreciation and colour mixing techniques. Tuition on water and oil based mediums will be included.

You will be encouraged to develop three painting compositions during the course investigating landscape, seascape or cityscape possibilities.

Please note: you will be working locally on location as well as on the RGU campus in the studio.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Three location trips are scheduled during the course in Aberdeen City and Shire. Locations will be confirmed as part of the course induction.

You will require a camera (or good quality phone camera) to collect research material on location. You must provide your own drawing and painting materials. 

This course will be predominately based on the RGU campus with two projects. However, you are required to provide your own transport and should expect to travel to locations in Aberdeen City and Shire. 

A drawing board, portable easel, folding stool will be provided for the three location trips.


This course is not formally assessed. 


Due to the exceptional demand for permits from current staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and the limited availability of parking facilities on campus RGU’s Transport department are unable to issue any temporary permits to Short Course students for Wednesday afternoon classes. For alternative parking information, see the ‘On Street Parking’ section at the following link.

Parking restrictions and payment apply at the Bennachie Visitor Centre. The cost of this will be around £6. Please note parking restrictions apply on campus to this course on a Wednesday afternoon. 


Class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice are methods of delivery on this course. You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills. 


Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Disability & Dyslexia Centre 

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.

Study Skills Support


This course is recommended for complete beginners or more experienced painting students wishing to develop location painting.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.


Course fee: £335


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s School of Art Materials Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's School of Art Materials Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Materials Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each semester to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.

Gray's School of Art Materials Shop


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


Apply direct to the university using our online application form. 

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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