Art for Absolute Beginners

Ref: C3125786

The course will start with learning some techniques for drawing objects in proportion and using shading to create a 3D effect. We will also look at using pastels to create portraits. We will focus on basic techniques such as how to use brushes properly and watercolour painting techniques including how to create a snow scene and how to paint flowers and foliage. This course is s fun, friendly and absorbing way to learn the basics of drawing and painting.

Course aim

To discover a range of drawing and painting techniques with the aim of producing a number of finished pieces of artwork and developing confidence in making art

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Demonstrate basic techniques for drawing objects
  • Have created a portrait using pastels
  • Use a brush correctly
  • Apply watercolour to paper using a range of techniques
  • Have painted foliage and flowers

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Aprons and gloves will be made available but please wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

Download full course outline

Art for Absolute Beginners Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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