Practical Art - Free-form Life Class

Ref: C2339096

Each week learners will be encouraged to set up the model according to their interests, for example determining the length and setting of a pose. Through PowerPoints and reproductions plus supplying some props the tutor will aid and support the student-leaders in creating new themes. Examples of previous student-led sessions: • very short action poses • the semi-draped nude • projected images onto the model • working in the style of Aubrey Beardsley

Course aim

The aim is to facilitate creativity beyond a given set-up by encouraging learners to set up the model themselves according to specific aims.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Suitable for learners with significant art experience. This course also incurs an additional fee of £18 to pay models' fees payable in cash to the tutor at the first session.

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

  • understand some of the inherent issues in setting up the model and context for a group of people to work from
  • bring to fruition new creative ideas and artistic responses
  • spend some time constructively contemplating your work to ascertain what to do next.
  • learn from viewing the work of others and discussing

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
  • Learning through doing. PowerPoint introductions to underpin practical work. Critical reviews/debates (whole class discussion of work in progress) Presentation of earlier and later work showing progress

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?

  • Bring your own drawing and painting equipment, e.g. oil paints / acrylics/ chalk pastels / general drawing media, white cartridge paper, pastel paper, brushes – wide variety, canvas, linseed oil and turps

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
  • Think about what sort of Life Class you want and think about sharing your ideas with the tutor with a view to running a session with or without a partner.

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
  • Progression may be sought via the Richard Attenborough Centre in Leicester University or Foundation at Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Holidays with a painting theme can also be beneficial to supplement learning.

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Practical Art - Free-form Life Class


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