New University Courses Aim to Ignite Portsmouth’s Artistic Talents

The University of Portsmouth has launched two short courses for Portsmouth people to explore painting and drawing with local expert artists.


In October, a new evening course will start in the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries that introduces participants to the medium of acrylics. Those taking part will practice using the paint on prepared canvas board, and building up technique, experimenting with subject matter, from still life to portraiture.

Aimed at people with basic drawing skills, this course aims to help participants concentrate on developing aptitude with acrylics rather than ensuring representations are accurate. Drawing skills will not be the focus of the class.

The course starts on Tuesday 23 October 2018 from 18:00 – 20:00 and runs over a period of eight weeks, concluding on Tuesday 11 December 2018. The final session will be dedicated to a celebratory viewing for family and friends. Teaching takes place in the University’s Eldon Building, offering an intimate and dedicated studio space equipped with easels and basic materials.

The course is run by Peta Tattersall, MA Fine Art. Peta has experience of teaching drawing and painting in academic and professional development contexts, as well as maintaining her own long term creative practice. Participants will be guided through a range of hands on, practical exercises to facilitate creative learning in a supportive environment.

This course is open to all. An Early Bird rate of £180 is available until the 5th October 2018, thereafter it will be £200 until the last booking date of the 22nd October 2018.

For more information or to sign up, visit the University’s online store.



In January, Peta Tattersall returns with a short course on drawing, which was run for the first time last year. From 15th January 2019, the class will run on Tuesday evenings between 18.00 and 20.00 for 10 weeks in the Eldon Building.

The class will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, exploring different media, techniques, styles and subjects to build skills week by week: from still life to life models, experimenting with different techniques, styles and materials.

Previous experience in drawing is not necessary. From a complete novice to someone who wants to get back into forgotten skills, everyone is welcome regardless of skill or experience.

There is an early bird rate of £170 per person, book early to avoid disappointment. For further information, and to book your place, visit the University’s online store.

All images by Peta Tattersall.