Art Inspired by Famous Artisits - Vincent Van Gogh

Ref: C2225018

A series of projects inspired by Vincent van Gogh and his style of art simplified and adapted for varying levels of ability (to encompass lower levels of ability) and accommodate disability. To provide an introduction to the artist Vincent van Gogh and to engage in practical creative tasks that echo and are inspired by the key components of his work. A series of projects that will encompass experimenting with Van Gogh's drawing and painting techniques, focusing on his subject matter and attraction to social realism and his use of texture and evocative use of colour in painting. The course does not require prior artistic knowledge or ability and is designed to accommodate different levels of learning/ability. The course aims are also to promote Health and Wellbeing through being immersed within a creative task.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the artist Vincent van Gogh and to engage in practical creative tasks that echo and are inspired by the key components of his work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Experiment with mark-making and drawing techniques using various media, for example pencil, pen, ink and charcoal.
  • Experiment with drawing the figure inspired by the drawings of Van Gogh and his use of social realism.
  • Experiment with colour and texture in painting.
  • Produce a portrait or landscape inspired by the work of Van Gogh.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Encouragement in working together with your fellow students, sharing your ideas and working with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. Undertaking work to support your course outside of your class will only be suggested.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Student reviews will be facilitated through the use of Individual Learning Plans which create a space for dialogue where students can discuss their progress and if additional support is needed.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • All materials will be provided, students can bring an old shirt or apron to protect clothing.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Art Inspired by Famous Artisits - Vincent Van Gogh


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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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