Art for All

Ref: C3528019

Come to this dynamic and visually enriching course which will introduce you to a variety of techniques, materials and approaches. Through observation and experimentation you will free up your creativity while developing new skills.

Additional information about this course

No session on 31.5.17. Students will be invited to contribute to the cost of materials on a voluntary basis.

Course aim

To introduce a broad spectrum of drawing and painting processes and ideas with a view to developing confidence in your own artistic abilities and freeing up your creativity.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for beginners and those who wish to refresh or build on their skills. No qualifications are necessary - just an open mind and a willingness to experiment.

What topics will this course cover

With reference to the work of historical and contemporary artists, students will be introduced to the principles and elements of art, such as line, tone, form, space, colour and composition. Guidance will be given as to how these can be effectively used in your own artwork with an emphasis on process and experimentation to free up your creativity and develop confidence in your own artistic ability. We will be using a wide range of materials and techniques such as pencil, charcoal, pastel, collage, ink and wash, to explore themes such as Still-Life, The Portrait, and The Figure.

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) Show an understanding of the basic elements of art - such as line, tone, composition, form, colour, texture - and apply them to your own work with increased confidence. 2) Experiment with new materials and techniques, and to see how mistakes are a necessary part of the creative process. 3) Demonstrate confidence in your own abilities, ideas and decisions. 4) Appreciate how a variety of artists from different cultures and times use the basic elements of art in their work.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will receive regular one-to-one feedback about their work and will also benefit from class discussion. Students will be able to assess their own progress via individual learning plans.

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

Since we will be often working with messy materials, it's advisable to bring an apron or wear old clothes. A personal A3/A4 sketchbook will help you to develop and log your work. Students will be invited to contribute on a voluntary basis towards the cost of materials.

Reading and information sources

No preparation is necessary, although students are welcome to bring any artwork they have done at home to show the tutor. Any work done outside of class will be helpful to your development but is not essential.

What could the course lead to?

This course could help prepare students for a Foundation Course in Art, and will provide a sound basis for studying on other adult art courses with the WEA or elsewhere. It should also help you to work more independently at home.

Download full course outline

Art for All 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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