Painting and Drawing

Ref: C3671646

The course will introduce new students to drawing and painting or reawaken the subject; in others with previous experience.

Course aim

To enable learners to develop their visual creative skills through a wide range of art materials in an informal and supportive environment.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Art is a continuous, never-ending process of learning and discovery. Whatever art media you choose to work with, this course endeavours to help students to acquire certain basic skills and practices. On this course students will find an introduction to materials, equipment and techniques for painting. Working in different art media, students will learn about paper, brushes and of course, how to paint. There will be simple exercises in painting techniques, which will lead students towards creating full compositions. Students can work from work sheets, printed images and photos. Students will be encouraged to study examples of paintings by both historical and current artists; to both inform and inspire.

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:

Experiment with colour; using different painting techniques. Create a composition using learned techniques. Feel confident about their painting choices.

How will I know I'm making progress?

This will be through individual discussions with the tutor. Students will be encouraged to show their work to others in the group - sharing their learning experience. An achievement diary will be kept, with photos to record progress and students record their comments on their individual learning plans.

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

All provided, but students own resource material is welcomed.

Reading and information sources

Tutor will supply art materials, books, magazines, resource material and handouts. Learners submit their own resources - pictures and photos. Online art demonstrations. TV art programmes -BBC iplayer. Wikipedia.

What could the course lead to?

Another WEA course, in art or other subjects. Practice drawing and painting at home - keep a sketch book. Visit Art Galleries. Exhibiting work.

Download full course outline

Painting and Drawing Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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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