Painting and Drawing

Ref: C3840224

The course is for new starters and more advanced students. Enhance your current skills while acquiring new skills and techniques , in a pleasant learning atmosphere and working environment. The course is open to all comers whatever your level or expertise .Through personal achievement you will increase your skills, techniques and enjoyment.

Course aim

The aim of the course is to help you enjoy painting and drawing whether you are an "old hand" or a new starter .Through personal achievement, your confidence and enjoyment in the subject will increase. The learner will discover a subject look, see, respond, interpret, and evaluate their progress with confidence in both approach and use of chosen medium.

Who is the course for?

There are no pre-course requirements, just come along with your chosen medium some starter images for initial discussion, and enthusiasm.

What topics will this course cover

The "formal elements" including line, texture, colour, composition, perspective, scale, self generated topics, response to chosen medium, cross referencing.

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 Through an understanding of the "formal elements" the learner will be able to 'see' the natural world and translate it into their own visual language. 2 With increased confidence and enjoyment, the learner will use newly acquired skills and techniques e.g. how to render a range of textures appropriate to their chosen subject, and the correct choice of brushes. 3 The learner will be confident to attempt more complex subject matter e.g. moving from 2D pattern to 3D, creating an image which has both space and volume. 4 The learner whilst using their ' main' medium will be encouraged to explore other related media such as oil-pastel, or soft pastel.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through regular personal discussion both strengths and weaknesses can be identified, with possible solutions offered to encourage the learner towards their personal goals ,using newly acquired skills and techniques. Input from fellow students will also give a further insight into how others view their work. Feedback will include the use of relevant source material such as books-relevant images and articles, I.T. galleries and current exhibitions.

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

Bring along your artist materials and source images. Books and other relevant reference materials will be advised to suit personal needs throughout the course.

Reading and information sources

General reading around the subject is always an advantage, additional relevant source material will be advised following discussion with the learner to "tailor" it to individual needs.

What could the course lead to?

Follow on reading is discussed throughout the course. Further courses at local colleges. W.E.A. ,courses at the same level, or in a different medium. Exhibitions and commissions can be secured depending on ability and skill.

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Painting and Drawing Course Outline


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