This course includes painting and drawing, using different art materials and techniques and looking at familiar and not so familiar artists. We start with renaissance Art in Italy and the style of painting using figures in front of buildings with perspective. The next subject is a look at Cubist Art and Constructivist Art from 1907 - 1914 and to interpret everyday groups , objects and scenes. The next topic is watercolours of landscapes and gardens with a look at Japanese Edo = Tokyo style wood cuts, to include a plein air session ..

Course aim

This course is for beginners and experienced students alike to be able to develop observational , drawing and painting skills with practical guided sessions and also learn some art history

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students do not need qualifications or art experience to join the course - just an interest and curiosity in art and art topics .

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

  • Identify with at least 1 good composition in a painting
  • Identify with cubism
  • Make at least 1 coloured watercolour wash
  • Daw at least 1 still life object

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
  • Students will work on topics at their own pace and if preferred follow their own interests with tutor encouragement and support and can bring in work from home to talk about .

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
  • Students are expected to bring in their own materials but the tutor will have a selection available for the use of new students and to talk about quality and variety

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • students are encouraged to pursue their art interests individually and communally and are advised of exhibition opportunities to show their work and view others work

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