The Course involves several subjects using different art materials and different techniques . It will cover portrait drawing in charcoal to develop skills in soft and dark mark making and good individual observation and will look at traditional and contemporary portraits When working on the topic of landscapes with pastels the students will explore layering and colour mixing and the seascapes and flower painting sessions will improve watercolour skills and highlight the benefit of good composition and lay out .There is an interest in abstracts so we will explore this through history and art movements and follow ideas in various techniques such as collage and mixed media .

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 encourage 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 and art materials and techniques .

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

  • Identify with at least 3 art subjects and draw them clearly in different art materials
  • Compose at lease 1 picture with a focal point, good tones and sense of distance
  • Use charcoal to create hair and skin textures
  • Mix at least 4 different colours in oil, soft pastels and watercolours
  • identify with abstract paintings and their significance in art history

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 as well as the course subjects 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 in their own time and are advised of exhibition opportunities to show their own work and look at different artists' work

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