Painting Bees & Flora Workshop

Ref: C3527586

Honey bees, bumble bees and flowers will be the subject for this workshop including the beekeeper for compositions and nature studies. Artwork will be executed in drawings, water-based media and bee's wax with an opportunity to work outdoors. Suitable for all abilities. If you have painted before bring your own art materials and a packed lunch.

Additional information about this course

Please bring a packed lunch

Course aim

The aims of the course are to illustrate rural bee heritage in drawings and paintings in water-based media. We will look at the use of bee’s wax in painting and the technique of encaustic wax painting.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Themes for painting will be the honey bee, bumble bees and flowers, skeps and bee hives in the garden, designing symbols and bee motifs for application onto a pebble or terracotta pot.

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 encaustic wax painting. To be able to use bee’s wax for resist techniques in watercolour. To be able to design a bee motif. To be able to compose a painting of the life of the honey bee with flowers. To be able to draw bees from a low angle of vision.

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. If you have bee's wax bring it with you. 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 course in the new academic year.

Download full course outline

Painting Bees & Flora Workshop Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • 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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