Drawing and Painting

Ref: C3675849

Join a friendly and supportive group where the intention is to help each student produce increasingly confident and personal work. Students attend with varying levels of experience and work at their own level. Roughly two thirds of each lesson is spent drawing or painting. There are also demonstrations and discussions. You can expect some one-to-one tuition in most sessions. The course includes: watercolour techniques; revision of the colour wheel; the emotional effect of different perspectives; careful observation when drawing; a subject to be requested by the students; discussions arising from subjects covered during the term. Sometimes a step-by-step approach is used but students are also encouraged to think for themselves rather than simply following instructions to achieve a finished product. It should be possible to produce one or two finished pictures.

Course aim

For students at all levels to discover and develop their existing art skills, acquire new ones and benefit socially from sharing their experience with others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464
  • Students should not give up if the course seems to moves too fast for them. Artists are always exploring and never completely understand what they are doing! The other students are always encouraging and supportive.

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

  • Use a paint brush more expressively and with greater confidence.
  • Predict and plan the use of wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry watercolour to attempt more exciting pictures.
  • discover hidden aspects of a subject through careful looking.
  • mix and adjust colours with greater predictability.
  • Consider the 'what' and 'why' of making art as well as the 'how'.

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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • Approximately 50% to 75% of each lesson is spent on practical work.

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
  • A light-weight (e.g. stiff card or hardboard) drawing board approximately 60cm x 45cm (2' x 18")

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Drawing and Painting

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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