Painting Inspired by Women Artists

Ref: C3839966

Get inspiration from women artists and create your own masterpiece. Explore a variety of drawing and painting materials and techniques - texture, colour, light and shading. Develop social awareness on the theme 'Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality'.

Course aim

Learn and develop skills in drawing and painting. Build / boost self confidence. Explore and research famous women artists and create own artwork inspired by the research. Develop social awareness on the theme 'Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality'. This is a hands on course mainly.

Who is the course for?

No qualifications are required. The course is open to anyone who has an interest in learning about and discussing the lives and work of women artists. During the course we will have fun exploring a variety of painting techniques in a relaxed and frie

What topics will this course cover

1. Texture; 2D and 3D. 2. Studying the life and art of a number of women artists. e.g. Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Paula Rego . 3. Create artwork inspired by women artists. 4. Principles of light and shading 5. Develop awareness of Misrepresentation of women in art history.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Apply a variety of methods to create texture in 2 and 3 dimensions 2. Recognize the artwork of 2 famous women artists 3. Identify 5 principles of shading 4. Identify reasons why women's art has been dismissed and misrepresented throughout history 5. Develop, create and finish one original artwork

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbal feedback on progress and achievement will be given throughout. This will take place through group and individual discussion of students work and learning.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Sketchpad or scrapbook 2B pencil and rubber Acrylic brushes, acrylic paints Acrylic paper Note: Watercolours or gouache will be accepted instead of acrylics if you prefer.

Reading and information sources

Any books refering to the art work of women artists is reccomended. A scrapbook with cuttings, photos or written ideas that will be used to create your own paintings is not essential but desirable.

What could the course lead to?

Students will be encouraged to practice the skills and techniques acquired on the course at home. They may also wish to exhibit and sell their work. Further WEA courses. Build self confidence for employment purpose. Progression to Art College/University is a possibility, which the tutor will gladly facilitate and support.

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