The Fairy Paint Box Workshop

Ref: C3527585

Open your paint box and allow the fairies to enchant you with fairy art. Practise capturing the ethereal light of Nature. Suitable for all levels of ability, even beginners. If you have painted before bring your own water-based art materials and a packed lunch.

Additional information about this course

Please bring a packed lunch

Course aim

Looking at Victorian fairy painting will be the start of our inspiration for creating our own fairy art in water-based media. We will experiment with metallic paints and mediums to create the light of fairies in a world of fancy.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course content includes creating light from Nature, moonlight, supernatural light and flower-light. Inventing fairy creatures in a world of myth, using the imagination and working in a range of water-based paints and metallic mediums.

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 mediums. To be able to explore the use of iridescent and metallic mediums To be able to create a light source from an object. To be able to invent a fairy creature. To be able to imagine fairyland and draw or paint a glimpse of it from your mind's eye.

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, poster paints or any iridescent or metallic mediums or glitter. 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 7 week course, PAINTING THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR C3527580 starting 1.5.17 - 19.6.17 or another workshop, PAINTING BEES & FLORA C3527586 starting 17.6.17

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The Fairy Paint Box Workshop Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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