Art Practical: Impressionistic Garden in Drawing and Painting

Ref: C3679256

This is a practical and exploratory course, based on understanding and applying an 'impressionistic' painting style, to the popular subject of the garden. Gardens have been important for various Impressionist painters - as a subject in themselves, through their details and as a backdrop to figures, activity and events. We will analyse visual sources and focus on creating visual effects, such as fleeting impressions of light, movement and / or atmosphere within garden themes, rather than on capturing every detail. This online course will include group discussion, experimental work, activities guided by your tutor, demonstration, analysis of established artists' work, reflection and the development of unique, considered imagery. Inspiration will be taken from a variety of sources and you will have the opportunity to select and use your own source materials, including direct observation. We will focus on working in acrylic / oil paints or pastels, as well as using graphite pencils.

Course aim

A practical introduction to creating paintings based on the theme of the garden in an Impressionistic style, focussed on optical effects and specific artistic techniques.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify at least 4 characteristics of Impressionistic garden paintings
  • Create visual responses to observed weather and light effects within a garden scene
  • Demonstrate vibrant colour contrasts to suggest highlight and shadow in the garden
  • Explore methods of applying colour to suggest the effects of spontaneity and atmospheric light
  • Review the suitability of materials, techniques, approaches and sources used in your own and others' work

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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 be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • For week 1 please bring paper, graded pencils and an eraser (ideally vinyl) We will later focus on working in acrylic / oil paints or pastels & you will need an appropriate surface eg cartridge paper, as well as your chosen coloured media.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Art Practical: Impressionistic Garden in Drawing and Painting

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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