Creating Vibrant Watercolours

Ref: C3671044

A staged process with individual attention, step by step tuition and guidance throughout the course. Students will be encouraged to make their own decisions, use their own ideas and provide their own source material if they wish. All subject matter will be provided otherwise, with composition ideas and the offer of following the tutor through each stage of both the drawing and painting process. Useful advice on colour mixing, the use of special effects, brush control, dealing with large wet washes or problem areas. A good, varied amount of subject matter from landscapes to portraits, nature and still life. Enjoy each session in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere whilst improving on your painting technique.

Course aim

To help students to plan their own drawings and paintings using a variety of different methods and techniques. How to get impact and depth into your work.

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 and mix effective flesh tones in watercolour.
  • Use a variety of stippling or spattering techniques.
  • Use dry brush techniques for painting hair or texture.
  • Be able to work with variegated washes without runbacks.
  • Paint trees, grasses and foliage with convincing effects.

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • 2B pencil, eraser and rule. Watercolour paints, brushes and watercolour paper. 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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Creating Vibrant Watercolours


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