This Course aims to encourage individual creativity as students work at their own pace - developing observational skills and improving hand / eye co-ordination with different subjects .Media such as watercolour , acrylics, oil paints, soft and oil pastels and chalks, charcoal and drawing inks are included in the topics that students chose to work with in inspiring projects . There are also quick drawing exercises to encourage creative thinking and skills

Course aim

The Course is for both beginners and experienced students to develop 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 an interest and curiosity in art, art materials and techniques

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

  • Draw a composition for sketches and paintings on paper and canvas
  • Use a variety of media such as graphite, charcoal , pastels and paints
  • Understand the theory of perspective and vanishing points
  • Identify with art movements past and present
  • Observe and record at least 4 drawing details

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 interest with tutor support and can bring in homework for help and 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 in their own materials but the tutor will have a selection of basic paints and papers to share and discuss quality, variety and availability

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 own work and look at different artists' work

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