Drawing & Painting At The Buffalo

Ref: C2522996

The course is designed to encourage personal development in both drawing and painting while working in portraiture. The learners will explore and develop their use of line, tone, colour, composition and perspective as they develop their artwork.

Course aim

A practice led course which will enable its learners to explore and develop their artistic skills in drawing and painting.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will develop observational drawing and painting skills, while producing work in portraiture. Learners will develop their understanding about the principles related to the production of a portrait, the proportions, line, tone, colour, composition and perspective. The students will develop their artwork with the intention of exhibiting in the future. There will be discussions relating to historical and contemporary art during the course.

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:

a) Construct a structured drawing of a portrait. b) Produce a tonal portrait drawing. c) Reproduce a monochrome portrait painting. d) Develop a portrait painting in colour. e) Discuss how portraiture has developed in art.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Learners will be continually assessed during the lesson and throughout the course. Learners will be given verbal feedback on their progress at both group and individual basis. Written feedback will be given via the ILP form.

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

Learners should bring an A3 sketch book, drawing and painting materials. Please note that the tutor may provide some materials when required.

Reading and information sources

It is suggested that reading any books relating to portraiture and the human form may help the learner to develop a greater understanding of the subject area.

What could the course lead to?

At the end of the course learners may wish to enrol on the next WEA art course, which will start in the new academic year. Learners may wish to enrol onto courses provided by local colleges, as these may progress to University.

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Drawing & Painting At The Buffalo Course Outline


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