Painting and Drawing for All

Ref: C3670556

This course is designed for the more experienced artist wishing to broaden knowledge of oil painting and increase confidence within a group of like-minded individuals and a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Course aim

This course is for the more experienced artist looking to further improve on techniques for painting using oils. Emphasis will be on fundamental techniques for creating still life and landscape oil paintings.

Who is the course for?

Students who have progressed from the previous term

What topics will this course cover

This term we will explore fundamental techniques for creating both a still life oil painting and a landscape oil painting. We will spend the first half of the term concentrating on still life oil painting and look at composition and arrangement, light, shade and tonal values, underpainting, blocking in and glazing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to engage in interactive demonstrations focusing on practical techniques. They may choose to just watch the demonstrations or have a go alongside the tutor. A self directed approach will also be encouraged and students will be expected to choose their own still life objects and set up their own arrangements. They will also be encouraged to use their own technological devices such as camera 'phones and tablets to record their arrangements during the process. The second half of the course will be focussed on landscape painting. Students again will be encouraged to source their own images, notes and sketches in order to create an oil painting. We will cover perspective, composition and some of the other fundamental oil painting techniques covered during the first half of the course, such as underpainting. Towards the latter part of the course there will be the opportunity to spend three weeks exploring either still life oil painting or landscape oil painting in more detail in the form of a project. During the course there will be plenty of 1:1 discussion and tuition, a mid course review to discuss progress, as well as individual tutorials to towards the end of the course.

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:

Demonstrate knowledge of how to create a still life oil painting using fundamental techniques Demonstrate knowledge of how to create a landscape oil painting using fundamental techniques Create works of art using a self directed approach to explore the subject matter Show a level of creativity and individual artistic style Engage in discussion with peers in relation to artistic progress

How will I know I'm making progress?

Each week there will be regular 1:1 discussion between tutor and students. After the half term break there will be a mid course review with the opportunity for both students and the tutor to record progress on individual learning plans, as well as discuss how students feel they are doing 1:1 with their tutor. Towards the end of the course there will also be 1:1 tutorials as an opportunity to discuss progress and offer feedback.

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

Students are expected to provide their own painting supports i.e. canvases/boards and oil paints and mediums/solvents etc. There will be a general supply of painting and drawing materials provided, however this will be limited and students are encouraged to invest in their own materials to support their practice and learning outside of class time. Students are also encouraged to look at other art via the internet, libraries and galleries

Reading and information sources

Students are also encouraged to look at other art via the internet, libraries and galleries

What could the course lead to?

Further courses in painting and drawing, accredited learning, exhibiting and selling work

Download full course outline

Painting and Drawing for All Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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