Starting with Abstract Art

Ref: C3840236

Learn and develop techniques to create abstract and figurative abstract paintings. You will be encouraged to become freer and more expressive with materials, form and composition. Explore colour theory and meaning - colour wheel, colour harmony and the context in which colours are used and applied.

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Course aim

To enable students to explore how to make images that are not just simple 2D copies of the visible world, but that try to express something deeper, and to help them become familiar with well known abstract / semi-abstract paintings.

Who is the course for?

All interested in the subject.

What topics will this course cover

We shall start by exploring ways to create images of abstraction and semi-abstraction by using traditional and not so usual still life subjects as our source material. Students may explore one still-life set-up to produce one final piece of work, or may make pieces from one source starting point or from a number of starting points.

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. Apply a variety of techniques to create own work in 2 and 3 dimensions 2. Express emotions through colour, shape or form 3. Paint a colour wheel with a difference - identify colour harmonies 4. Recognize and appreciate the work of a number of established abstract artists

How will I know I'm making progress?

One-to-one tuition/discussion as you work is an essential part of feedback. In addition there are informal and more formal group reviews, as well as plenty of opportunity to chat with other students about their work.

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

Drawing and painting materials of your choice, a sketchbook, protective clothing.

Reading and information sources

Visit as many exhibitions of modern and contemporary work as you can. If you can't get to galleries, see if you can borrow relevant books from your library.

What could the course lead to?

Will further develop your abstracting skills and techniques; you could also study particular skills or subjects (e.g. various media).

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