Mood and Atmosphere in Watercolour

Ref: C3670830

An in depth look at how to get the best out of your subject matter. Light enhancement, strong tonal contrast and side lighting will all help to create works of impact and depth on a variety of subjects. A step by step procedure will allow students to be guided through each stage of the work at a leisurely, easy to understand pace. Landscapes with dramatic lighting, nature subjects that come to life and still life with vibrant impacting colours will be included amongst a variety of works chosen to help students improve on both drawing and painting skills whilst experimenting with colour mixing, varied washes and brush control.

Course aim

How to create, depth, mood and atmosphere through a variety of watercolour techniques, helping students to become more confident in their approach to both drawing and painting techniques.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Draw a three dimensional object with convincing shape.
  • Use a number of three colour mixes to produce neutral greys, stone and buff tints.
  • Be able to create the effects of a misty or rainy day convincingly.
  • Assess potential improvement and rectify mistakes that arise during the stages of a painting.
  • Determine where quiet areas may benefit a subject to enhance the focal point.

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

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • 2B pencil, eraser, rule, watercolour paints, palette, brushes, watercolour paper and water container.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Mood and Atmosphere in Watercolour


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