Abstract Landscape Painting

Ref: C2337911

Assuming basic experience painting, this course focuses on more advanced techniques and conceptual awareness which are intended to facilitate your personal development as an artist. The course includes creating suitable/empathetic surfaces, drip painting, painting with rags and palette knives, transitions from naturalism to abstract, the balance of formal elements and 'How do I know when my painting is finished?'

Additional information about this course


Course aim

This course, intended for experienced students, is a blend of landscape and abstract painting. We explore notions of memory, observation and personal response to create explorative and evocative paintings on a reasonably large scale.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • prepare a suitable/empathetic surface on which to begin
  • use dripping paint, rags or palette knife where appropriate
  • evolve some conceptual development or technique which furthers an aspect of your emerging personal style
  • recognise where a painting in progress needs some adjustment of formal elements in the interest of overall balance

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Paints - oils, acrylics or watercolour, brushes – a variety of type, shape and size, rags, painting support, e.g. canvases, MDF

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Abstract Landscape Painting


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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