Painting and Drawing for All

Ref: C3671001

The course will allow students to gain confidence in drawing, painting or mixed media, with particular reference to developing and improving individual painting styles. This time the course theme will be structured around 'the origins of pigment in artists' paint. We shall be reading about the history of the colours that we readily use today, learning about their composition and where in the world they come from. This information will be delivered through hangouts, online websites, including BBC iWonder 'Life in colour: The surprising story of paint.' We shall look at the historical use of colour and artists such as 'Vermeer' who famously used 'lapis lazuli' (Ultramarine). There will be the opportunity to make our own acrylic paints, mixing pigments with binders, to create genuine artist quality paints that can then be stored and used in the students own compositions. A mix of subject matter will be provided for source material but students own is also welcomed.

Course aim

To enable learners to develop their visual creative skills through a wide range of art materials in an informal and supportive environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Study ' the origins of paint pigments.'
  • Name the semi-precious stone, used for making the colour 'ultramarine'.
  • Make my own acrylic paint.
  • Paint a composition using hand mixed colours.
  • Feel confident about my painting choices.

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
  • Drawing and painting at home is encouraged, but not required. Work can be brought in for appraisal.

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 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
  • 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
  • Students may choose to purchase a small portfolio to store work; to show evidence of their progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • There is free WiFi at this venue and students are welcome to research the subject and search for source imagery.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Entering work into exhibitions.

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Painting and Drawing for All


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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