Advancing with Watercolour

Ref: C3670835

A variety of subjects ranging from landscapes, figures, wildlife and nature studies, enabling students to put into practise a wide array of techniques and methods used by modern watercolourists. Step by step tuition, individual attention, group discussion, with lots of helpful tips and advice on how to improve your paintings. How to create mood, atmosphere and depth to give your paintings a professional look. A varied course with lots of useful advice.

Course aim

To explore the versatility of watercolour, to build confidence allowing students to experiment more freely with a variety of methods and techniques.

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:

  • Assess tonal values to be used in a painting to create strong contrast.
  • Mix a range of green and earth shades to be used within a landscape painting.
  • Use a variety of brush techniques to create texture and soft focus effects.
  • Choose an appropriate palette to support the mood of a painting.
  • Use a short hand technique to simplify a complex composition.

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?

  • 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?

  • 2B pencil, eraser and rule. Watercolour paints, brushes, palette, 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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Advancing with Watercolour


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