Exploring the Versatility of Watercolour

Ref: C3671060

A steadily paced course taking students through each stage of both the drawing, onto the painting, from initial washes through to finishing touches. The use of mixed media may be used to create highlights or to re-establish lighter tones that may get lost during the painting process. A variety of subjects carefully chosen to allow students to experiment with brush control, colour mixing and varied washes. Plenty of advice and tips on how to draw more accurately using proportions and with the use of contour drawing. A step by step procedure will guide each student through each project with individual attention and group demonstrations also. Students will be encouraged to use their own ideas, reference material and artistic license although subject matter will be provided throughout. Expend your knowledge and improve on your technique in a warm, encouraging atmosphere with like minded people.

Course aim

To provide students with a greater knowledge of modern day watercolour techniques and methods to be used in a wide and varied series of subjects.

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:

  • Draw shapes more accurately with the use of proportions.
  • Have better control over variegated washes.
  • Create a reasonable landscape with convincing effects.
  • Be able to paint trees and foliage using a dry brush technique.
  • Use resists such as masking fluid and low tack masking tape.

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, paper and brushes. Palette 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
  • Students welcome to bring along their own reference material and additional subject matter.

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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Exploring the Versatility of Watercolour


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