Drawing & Painting Improvers

Ref: C3125558

Students on this course will get the opportunity to develop their skills with the support of an experienced tutor and their peers. A range of media and subjects will be covered, which will include: using pen and ink to create tone and form, then applying these techniques to oriental style work; using acrylics on canvas to depict animals; developing skills in the use of watercolours; developing a piece of work using either a specific genre of painting (such as canal art) or interpreting the style of an artist. The class is friendly, informal and fun but also challenging and will help you to move out of your 'comfort zone' and try new materials and techniques.

Additional information about this course

Students must be over 50 and Telford & Wrekin residents. Students can only do ONE free course with the WEA

Course aim

This course is for those who already have some skills and experience in drawing and painting but who would like to develop further

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Use pen and ink to create an Oriental style image
  • Describe at least three characteristics of Oriental art
  • Create paintings using acrylics and watercolours
  • Research and develop a piece of artwork in the style of an artist or specific genre

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will be expected to maintain a sketchbook to support the work that you do in class and also to spend some time carrying out relevant research as the term progresses

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
  • 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.)
  • Please bring an apron or wear old clothes

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
  • Look at Oriental art, both traditional and contemporary. Consider which artist or genre you may wish to use as the starting point for your work later in the term

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Drawing & Painting Improvers Course Outline


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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