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What is it?

  • These are among the most popular forms of arts and crafts and the subject matter and materials used for painting and drawing can vary greatly.  

  • Some people like to paint or draw people, landscapes or things from life, while others create images from their memories and imagination.  The product can be on paper, canvas, fabric, walls or other surface, using paint, pencil, crayon, pastel, or more exotic material.  

  • These crafts can be pursued almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors, at home or away from home.  

  • These activities do not normally have any element of competition in them, except through acquiring qualifications.  Some people like to exhibit their work, and there may be rewards for the "best" works.

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National Society of Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers


Leisure Painter 
The Artist

Getting started

  • Find a local painting group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of painting and drawing.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • These crafts can be done by people of all ages and both sexes.  It is very easy to start to paint and draw, though there are many skills to be learnt if you wish.   

  • Painting and drawing are essentially individual activities and they can easily be done on your own at home.  

  • But, many people choose to join a group, class or club, for the stimulus, the opportunity to learn from others, and the social contact.  You can paint and draw with anyone else, whatever their age or sex.  

Equipment or clothing
  • The only essentials are something to paint and draw with, and some kind of surface.  

  • Many people use oil or watercolour paints and specially prepared paper or canvases, but simpler materials (e.g. pencil and paper) can also be used.  

  • Old clothes, special brushes, an easel to put the painting on, and bags for carry paints etc are other possible items needed. 

A place or facilities
  • There is no need for any special place or facilities in which to paint.  

  • The place chosen will depend on the subject matter and whether you join a group or class.  

  • The latter may meet in a special studio or an ordinary room in school or college.

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