Exploring Watercolours

Ref: C2523499

An exciting and inspirational course designed for beginners as well as for the most versatile painter. The Tutor will demonstrate step by step, that is, a range of Watercolour painting techniques and skills, will help guide and inspire students to meet the challenge! Explore various wash skills for example; wet into wet, graded wash, variegated wash, light, medium and dark washes. Create tonal contrast to enhance washes. Create tonal contrast to enhance a simple 3D study. Explore colour mixing skills, learn how to identify cool and warn colours. Learn how to create a colour theme to complement and enhance a topic. Develop a personalised style to complement a range of Watercolour Landscapes and Still Life topics. Independently plan, design, develop, complete and present a personalised Watercolour Landscape/Still Life painting to presentation standard.

Course aim

Explore, enjoy and discover a range of Watercolour painting techniques, through step by step demonstration and one to one tuition. Learn how to create exciting paintings in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Beginners welcome!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Use light source to determine tonal contrast. Create a simple 3D study.
  • Create a colour theme and wash skills to complement a landscape topic.
  • Work from a visual design to paint a landscape using variegated wash skills.
  • Create a painting based on a chosen theme exploring light, mood and harmony.
  • Use wash and gouache skills to create a dramatic opacity painting effect.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you 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.)
  • Nothing is essential but it would be useful to have a drawing board palette paints in pans and tubes, watercolour brushes sable, or sable synthetic - watercolour paper.

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
  • It would be good to have a look at Watcolour Painting by Alwyn Crawshaw and Fast and Loose by Ron Ranson for inspiration.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Encourage students to progress to develop new and existing skills to enhance own personal style. To take on private commissions and reproduce paintings adapted to greeting card design.

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Exploring Watercolours


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  • 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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