Painting the Wheel of the Year

Ref: C3527580

Themes include the unfolding year seen through the eyes of the artist, using any water-based media and drawing materials inspired by the awe and wonder of Nature. This course will focus on ‘The Tales of Summer’. Suitable for all levels of ability including complete beginners and the more experienced.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 29th May

Course aim

Step-by-step guidance will be given in creating paintings and drawings of the seasons to develop observational skills and awareness in art making. Painting techniques will be examined from the early beginnings to more experienced practical work. Aimed at the beginner and the more advanced artist looking for inspiration to generate ideas.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Themes for this course will include, landscapes at Summer-time and nature studies of Summer.

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:

To be able to experiment with water-based media. To be able to understand the artist's colour circle. To be able to lay washes in watercolour. To be able to manipulate wash control. To be able to use watercolour mediums.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be given on a one-to-one basis throughout the session. A review at the end of the course will reflect on learning during the course.

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

A basic range of materials will be available for students, however students are invited to bring any art materials they want to use in water-based media. This can include, watercolours, inks, acrylics gouache or poster paints. Also bring any drawing materials, including pencils, charcoal, or water soluble crayons for experimentation, sketchbook, putty rubber, pencil sharpener, water container and a palette. You may wish to wear an overall to protect your clothes. An art materials list is available on the tutor's website:

Reading and information sources

No reading is needed for the course. If you are a complete beginner you may wish to familiarise yourself with some of the materials and artistic terms in a beginners watercolour book. An art materials list is available on the tutor's website:

What could the course lead to?

You can continue your artistic studies with the WEA on a further workshop, PAINTING THE BEES & FLORA C3527586 starting 17.6.17

Download full course outline

Painting the Wheel of the Year Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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