Art Botanical Painting

Ref: C2523493

This is a structured course celebrating the colours and forms in botanical subjects. Students will learn watercolour techniques to make detailed studies of flowers, plants, fruit and vegetables, as well as becoming familiar with using graphite and coloured pencils. Observation is key, and students learn to look closely at all aspects of the subjects, as well as considering light and shade, perspective and composition when making pictures. It is time-taking but rewarding and relaxing, and students at all levels, from beginner to experienced artist, can enjoy the learning. Taught in a friendly and encouraging environment, the course follows seasonal themes.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To explore the diversity and delights of botanical painting, with instruction in detailed watercolour painting and pencil techniques. The course aims to be challenging but very relaxed and supportive.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe and explore creative options for composition
  • Define and refine your 3D technique
  • Discuss, select and develop an individual theme or interpretation

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
  • Students will begin paintings/drawings in class with the tutor's support, but will be expected to continue with their artwork at home.

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
  • Feedback is informal and continuous, via one-to-one discussion and a supportive weekly group critique of work

What else do I need to know?

  • Appropriate watercolour paints and brushes, graphite pencils and a putty rubber. Please do not purchase these without advice. Bring what you have, the tutor will discuss what is suitable. The tutor will order equipment for you to keep costs low.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Students will be given information about other venues where qualifications are offered if they wish to get accreditation.

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Art Botanical 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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