Painting and Drawing for All

Ref: C3672956

This term we will look at painting flowers individually and as part of a still life. The brief flowering of flowers brings us great pleasure, and imagery of flowers has been used down the ages as an allegory for phases in our lives and love. We will explore a range of ways to depict the beauty, fagility and transparency of flowers through drawing and paint. This will include tips and tools for drawing objectively and gaining confidence to become more expressive. We will use a range of techniques and materials including Brusho, watercolour acrylics, oils, inks and pastels, on their own or in combination. Throughout the course there will be practical demonstrations showing how to use the various media, as well as one-to-one discussion with the tutor on how your work is progressing. Students will be free to pursue their own projects

Course aim

Gain confidence and enjoyment in drawing, painting and being expressive in art, exploring a range of materials including pastels, acrylics, inks and oils, in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic drawing techniques, relating the size and shape of one object to another, and composition.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of drawing and painting materials and the confidence to experiment, as a group and individually
  • select the essentials of an object to convey a sense of its texture, transparency and fragility or solidity
  • apply knowledge in order to create studies and finished pieces
  • express my individual artistic style and creativity through the creation of art

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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

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
  • Many materials are provided, but do bring materials you particularly like to use Art materials can stain - please wear suitable clothing. Bring real or photos of flowers as source material. You may also bring images by artists that inspire you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Painting and Drawing for All


You can 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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