Painting and Drawing for All

Ref: C3677055

This term our theme will be 'Light and Colour' and we will explore this theme through a range of subjects and looking at two movements – the Impressionists and the Fauvists, which will help us be selective and creative in our use of light, detail and colour. This will include tips and tools for choosing elements to make an interesting picture, sketching and drawing objectively, (including elements of perspective to help you portray an indoor environment,) and gaining confidence in being more expressive. We will use a range of techniques and materials to create sketches and finished pictures including soft pastels, acrylics, inks, watercolours and watercolour pencils, and both oil and soft pastels. 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 in drawing and painting and being expressive in art, exploring a range of materials, including water-colours, pencil, pastels, acrylics, and inks, 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:

  • Use a range of art materials
  • Show a basic understanding of complementary colours and their use in depicting light and shade and creating striking imagery
  • Apply my knowledge of impressionist artists and what they were trying to achieve
  • Demonstrate increased confidence to experiment and be expressive in different styles and materials

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

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
  • Materials demonstrated in class will be available for students to experiment with. Students are encouraged to invest in a small sketchbook and materials for sketching outside of class time.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students will be asked to research and choose imagery that interests them and bring this to work from in class.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Painting and Drawing for All

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  • 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

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