Painting & Drawing

Ref: C2523653

This course aims to encourage individual creativity as students work at their own pace - developing observational skills and improving hand / eye co-ordination with still life work .Other media such as watercolour, acrylics & oil paints, soft and oil pastels and chalks, charcoal and drawing inks are included in the art topics that students choose to work on. There are also quick exercises to encourage creative skills

Course aim

This course is for both beginners and experienced students to nurture an interest in art and art subjects - with practical guided sessions to develop observational, drawing and painting skills

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students do not need qualifications to join the course - just and interest and curiosity in art, art materials and techniques

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

  • Understand composition and draw a lay out in rough then transfer it to paper and/or canvas
  • Use a variety of media such as graphite, charcoal , pastels, oil, acrylic and water colour paints to interpret different subjects and create textures
  • Identify with perspective (and at least one or more vanishing points) to create a sense of form and distance of buildings
  • Observe and record at least 3 details of a studio still life and use these skills to interpret landscapes and portraits
  • Identify with at least 2 artists and their particular skills in a time line of art movements

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 work at their own pace and follow their own interests with tutor support and can bring homework in for discussion

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students are expected to bring their own materials in but the tutor will have a selection available to talk about quality and variety to new comers

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
  • Students are encouraged to pursue their art skills and are advised of exhibition opportunities to show their work and look at others' work

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Painting & Drawing


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