Exploring Watercolour

Ref: C3670834

A steadily paced series of staged works on a variety of subjects. Advice and tips on how to create a balanced composition. How to improve drawing skills and perspective, dealt with in a step by step fashion. Students will be taken through each stage of both the drawing and the painting process with useful tips and advice on composition and perspective, brush control and colour mixing. Varied subjects to allow students to use a variety of methods and techniques commonly used in watercolour painting.

Course aim

To give students improved confidence to create their own drawings and compositions. To mix colours more accurately. To improve on brush control and technique.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Paint a variety of skyscapes.
  • Demonstrate improved ability to mix colours more accurately.
  • Take advantage of unpainted areas to create lost and found edges.
  • Create texture for use in painting fur or feathers.
  • Describe how to use resists such as masking fluid, frisk and candle wax.

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
  • The use of step by step guidance will help to progress at a steady staged pace.

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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Exploring Watercolour Course Outline


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  • 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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