Drawing and Watercolour Painting for Improvers

Ref: C2422660

Develop your drawing skills to work out a composition, make tonal contrast sketches, understand how rhythm leads the eye around your drawing and watercolour paintings. We will work out the proportion and scale of objects, how to show buildings receding in space with a little perspective theory, including aerial perspective, and look at how different styles, artists and art movements inform our work.

Course aim

This drawing and watercolour course explores a range of drawing materials such as chalk pastels, watercolour pencil and watercolour paints.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • You will develop skills to sketch with chalk pastels on sugar paper, or pastel paper, and how to blend colours.
  • You will develop some understanding of using colour theory to create depth in your painting using watercolour glazes.
  • You will develop your colour mixing skills.
  • You will learn ways to compose pictures; how to lead the eye around a picture and how to combine information from sketches and photos.
  • Improve your well-being and enjoy an art session working with other artists.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A4 cartridge paper. pencils HB,2B,5B, charcoal and a putty rubber or r a charcoal pencil, artists chalk pastels, sugar or A3 pastel paper, tissue for cleaning, watercolour paper A3 300gms, palette or saucer, pen and Indian waterproof ink, watercolours, synthetic watercolour brushes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Drawing and Watercolour Painting for Improvers


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2021
  • 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

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

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