Practical Art: Atmospheric Watercolours

Ref: C3740147

Watercolour is the perfect medium to create magical atmospheric paintings.On this course we shall explore various techniques to capture the effects of light on the landscape. Painting skies,seas, misty landscapes,scenes of dawn and dusk, it will be about the colours, the washes,and with some piquant details.

Additional information about this course

First and last sessions are 3 hours.

Course aim

This course aims to create paintings which are not about detail, but about a feeling, sense of atmosphere, and perhaps drama.Working with colour and referencing painters like Turner to interpret weather, light,and mood, on paper.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

To achieve the effects of light,We shall cover using washes,(applying paint with a large brush) and using effects like salt to create textures. We shall apply colour wet in wet, and also in layers, (allowing each colour to dry in between applications)for broad effects.Finally we shall look for the occasional point of focus,be it in colour or by using just the right brushmark.

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. Demonstrate you can work more confidently with washes. 2. Use at least two different techniques for creating texture. 3. Demonstrate using colour to create different moods. 4. Identify possible themes for your paintings.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Your work will show your progress,and I will be discussing it with you on a one to one basis during each class, and during the course of each painting.

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

Basic Watercolour Kit, including water pot, mixing saucers,paints, brushes, and plenty of watercolour paper. Additionally, a pencil,sketch book,a large wash brush, a non - warping wooden drawing board/ sheet of 12 mm M.D.F larger than your paper.1/2 inch roll of gum strip. Always buy quality over quantity, we can discuss materials during lesson 1.

Reading and information sources

Awareness of the world around you is essential, and you need to learn to look at it as if you were going to paint it.You may not yet have the answers, but asking the questions is your start point.Look at the work of other artists, and photographers whenever you can. For this course, seek out paintings you feel have atmosphere,or mood.( particularly Turner) Search for photographs which capture something you would like to put into a painting and bring them along.

What could the course lead to?

Practicing art in any way is life enhancing, as you become more visually aware and appreciative of the world around you.You can paint alone anywhere, but joining a club is a sociable way to continue.The W.E.A offers many opportunities to develop your skills in a sociable environment.

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