Drawing and Painting

Ref: C2337449

The course begins with observational drawing, throughout the course we will consider a selection of themes and engage in a variety of drawing & painting processes. Students can use their own mediums of choice and are encouraged to use any materials they already have in order to keep costs down.

Additional information about this course

A selection of themes and a variety of drawing and painting processes will be covered.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to develop the many possibilities of drawing and painting. By drawing from imagination and observation, providing a base for future artwork.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

After initial assessment through drawing, a selection of themes will be considered, whilst examining different processes of drawing & painting. Students will be encouraged to use sketchbooks for preliminary drawing. Additionally homework between sessions can be of benefit. Enriching students' experiences through the development of their personal artistic skills and appreciation.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Demonstrate confidence in the medium of drawing & painting. 2. Develop & complete drawings & paintings. 3. Select and research subject matter making use of course experiences. 4. Generate preliminary work in sketchbooks. 5. Create a portfolio of work.

How will I know I'm making progress?

There will be initial assessment at the beginning of the course. the tutor will provide regular feedback during the course and there will be advice about next steps at the end of the course. Self and peer assessment are encouraged.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Sketchbook, pencils, charcoal and paints (either watercolours and/ or acrylic)

Reading and information sources

For beneficial (but not essential) reading before the course starts 'The Drawing Book' by Sarah Simblet 'The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' by Betty Edwards 'Just Draw It!' Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp Websites www.tate.org.uk/ www.campaignfordrawing.org Students are encouraged to contribute cuttings to the art news, whether local, regional, national or international.

What could the course lead to?

The tutor will provide you with information about progression opportunities, for example, with the WEA and other local providers, by the end of the course.

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Drawing and Painting Course Outline


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