The Course aims to encourage individual creativity as students work at their own pace - developing observational skills and improving hand and eye co ordination with still life work. Other media such as acrylic and oil paints, soft and oil pastels, charcoal and drawing ink are included in the art topics that students choose to work on. There will also be short observational and drawing challenges

Course aim

The Course is for both beginners and experienced students and aims to develop an interest in art and art subjects - with practical guided sessions on varied topics that develop observational, drawing and painting skills

Who is the course for?

Students do not need any qualifications to join the Course - just an interest and curiosity in art, art materials and techniques

What topics will this course cover

The Course aims to develop skills and ability by linking them to different art movements and influences, using mixed media for the topic of People at Work ' shown in the Pre Raphaelites .There will be a look at the style Margaret and Charles Mackintosh and , using acrylic or water based oil paints , an exploration of the skill of Travel Posters , and using watercolours for flowers and landscapes in preparation for a 'plein air 'day near Stanhope .

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 - Identify with texture, pattern and tone with mixed media work 2 - Identify with composition and picture of people at work 3 - Create and mix acrylics and oil paints 4 - Identify with watercolour 5 - Identify with art and artists influence and style

How will I know I'm making progress?

Each week is a practical session when the tutor will discuss the work of each student individually and asses their progress with suggestions and advice for classwork and follow-up research. There is formal feedback via the Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

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

Students need to bring their own materials and equipment to the classes and the tutor will have additional equipment to supplement this

Reading and information sources

No preparation or reading is needed but students can work at home in their own time to continue their learning with research on artists and with practical artwork

What could the course lead to?

Students will be encouraged to research Art and Creative courses , books, film, television programmes that could help their understanding and further their studies . They will be encouraged to continue their art work in their own time and informed of exhibitions and display possibilities, further study with the WEA or other service providers

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