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Painting And Personal Inspiration

Painting And Personal Inspiration

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Guy Noble


Are you looking to build confidence and refine your painting skills? This course is designed to help you take the next step with confidence in a constructive and inspirational environment. It is suitable for those who have completed short courses or other art school training. Beginners are also welcome.

The course helps you to discover what it is about painting that really excites and inspires you. Maybe you are interested in the language of painting. Maybe certain subjects move you more than others. Whatever it is, this course will take you step by step through an examination of this process of discovery.

Topics covered

  • The first part of the course provides you with a basic understanding of the language of painting looking at colour, form, space and light.
  • We will see how artists have taken each aspect of the language and pushed it to extremes. How is a Fauve painting different from an impressionist painting? How is Lucian Freud different from a Francis Bacon?
  • Gradually, we will explore individually motivated projects that might involve: contemporary painting approaches, painting from life, drawings or photographs, or using note-taking, found images or objects.
  • Subjects could include: life models, still life, interiors, or a view from a window, the street or the city.
  • Optional out of college assignments may also be set.


The course provides an opportunity for you to practice some key painting techniques and develop your confidence and personal style as a painter.

By the end of the course you will also have explored other artists’ techniques, approaches and subject matters.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for both beginners and more experience learners, or indeed anyone interested in why artists choose particular painting subjects and strategies.

Level: Beginners as well as more experienced students.

Entry requirements: None

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 30 June 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

More information about Guy Noble and his teaching at Central Saint Martins is available on his Facebook page.


"Guy is particularly pationate and enthusiastic. He is also very generous with his time explanations. I repeated the course simply because it is hard to find a teacher like this and I felt there was much more I could learn from him" - Ms J Kenealy, March 2015

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Online courses are not available to book on the day they start.

Tutor Description

Guy Noble is an experienced tutor and a practising artist who has exhibited internationally. He studied at the Byam Shaw, Spain and Italy. Guy teaches a number of painting and drawing courses at Central Saint Martins, including Abstraction Painting, Painting and Personal Inspiration and Introduction to Drawing. You can check his website at


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • 5 x A1 sheets of White Card (at least 300gsm thick )
  • 500ml or 1000ml of White Gesso
  • 1 large 2" (50mm) cheap house painters brush from any DIY store
  • A mixture of various size nylon/hog hair or similar brushes. (3 should be No. 10 Large)
  • One pallette knife (medium size) - used for mixing colours
  • 2 x 2B + 2 x HB pencils
  • Masking tape
  • Cotton rags - old T-Shirts or the like.
  • Colour Acrylic and Oil paints
  • Please only use artist's quality from art supply shops like Atlantis European or CassArts LIQUTEX - TRI-ART - GOLDEN ... for Acrylic

Basic Colours artists quality: (do not buy student quality paint)

  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Cadmium YellowCerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Lamp Black
  • Titanium White (Large tube)

Additional Colours Optional

  • Viridian
  • Magenta
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Indian Yellow Deep
  • French Ultramarine
  • Raw Sienna
  • Transparent Oxide

For Health and Safety reasons students are not allowed to bring any solvents to the studio. We will provide low-odour mineral spirits.

Any kind of spray products, turpentine or white spirits are banned from the building and the internal courtyard.

Further painting materials will be discussed as the course progresses

Available dates