Drawing and Painting the Multicultural Way

Ref: C2337814

Each term we explore the visual culture ( in a very wide sense) of a chosen area of the world. Recent areas studied have been Central and South America . This will be done by power point presentations, books, the internet , and any real life examples we can find . We will identify themes and styles which are important to the area and in a very loose way apply these to our own work. Although the course title implies a drawing and painting course, this is only a starting point . In reality any creativity is encouraged and lately students have produced beautiful work in various forms of textiles, papier-mâché , clay , and salt dough as well as paintings and drawings on different scales. You do not need to have any experience but an open-mindedness and curiousity will help you get the most out this course .

Course aim

To explore the visual culture of a chosen area of the world and then use the themes and styles learnt about to influence our own practical work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify and understand the visual culture from a chosen area of the world.
  • Use the information about another culture to inform and enrich my own practical artwork.
  • Try new media or improve my technical ability in an old favourite.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • You will be provided with the opportunity to discuss and share your work with others, but you do not have to .

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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

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Drawing and Painting the Multicultural Way Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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