How to Paint Inspiring Watercolours

Ref: C3670839

A steadily paced series of staged works ranging from initial drawings to finished paintings. How to achieve, impact, depth and light into each subject. Work from provided source material such as photographs, photocopies or paintings allowing each student use their own ideas and techniques. Demonstrations and staged guidance throughout. Plenty of useful advice and tips on how to achieve a well balanced drawing with accurate proportions and a three dimensional feel with the use of contour drawing. A staged process will allow the student to build up their own works from initial washes to finishing touches. Individual attention throughout as well as group discussion, assessment and constructive critique.

Course aim

To help students approach more varied subjects other than landscapes. How to improve on composition and create well balanced drawings with accurate proportions. Get more from watercolour painting by experimenting with wet and variegated colours.

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:

  • Use wet and dry painting techniques useful for painting foliage and flowers.
  • Take advantage of white paper to create highlights and aid control.
  • Create out of focus effects using a wet in wet approach.
  • Draw a three dimensional building accurately.
  • Create a composition from the use of several photographs.

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
  • working from home when time allows is a great way to become more familiar with watercolour allowing students to experiment more freely.

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 and 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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How to Paint Inspiring Watercolours


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