Experimental Watercolours

Ref: C3671038

A step by step process allowing students to create and plan their own drawings and paintings from photographs, photocopies and own source material. Plenty of step by step tuition along with broken down demonstrations with lots of helpful tips and advice. A variety of subject matter including figures, landscapes, architecture and nature will all cover a wide variety of styles, methods and techniques. Useful advice on how to draw more accurately using contour drawing, perspective and tonal studies to get the best out of your subjects all taking place in a warm, friendly relaxed atmosphere. Individual attention whenever needed.

Course aim

To improve students confidence and broaden knowledge of new and upcoming approaches and methods. To encourage students to experiment with a view to adopting their own style.

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 a dry brush technique to create texture on rocks and buildings.
  • Make good use of counterchange to create lost and found edges.
  • Paint the effects of a rolling sea by building up undulating shapes to create effective waves.
  • Paint trees and foliage with a convincing effect.
  • Paint a variety of seascapes to create mood and atmosphere.

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
  • A step by step approach will be used to show various stages.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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

Download full course outline

Experimental Watercolours 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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