Beginners Art School

Ref: C2339081

The aim of this course is to demystify the process of drawing for all by learning how to use scale, tone, mark making, composition and perspective. The course is designed for total beginners, it seeks to equip students with a working knowledge of a range of art school approaches to picture making. We will use and explore found objects, still life, and self-portraits during this course.

Course aim

If you are a complete beginner and you want to learn how to draw or paint this course is for you.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Learners will gain the confidence and inspiration to make their own creative artwork.
  • By the end of the course I will be able to understand how to use mark-making to make an image
  • By the end of the course I will be able to use tone, light and shade in a drawing.
  • By the end of the course I will be able to use directional marks to help to emphasise the form of the object.
  • By the end of the course I will be able to explore pictorial composition and perspective in picture making.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/practicalities/elementsofart4.shtml

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Beginners Art School

Conditions

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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