Painting People: Beginners

Ref: C3671316

A hands on drawing and painting course on painting people with easy and fun exercises to get you going. We will cover portraits, figures, groups and the tricky subjects of faces and hands, and look at how the famous portrait artists did it - L S Lowry, Frida Kahlo, Rembrandt and Van Gogh and others. We will also look at the work of black artists as this course runs through Black History Month.

Course aim

To introduce students to the basics of painting people; figures, portraits, hands and feet. To look at the work of artists who specialised in painting people.

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:

  • A pencil or pastel drawing of a face
  • A pencil drawing of hands
  • An acrylic painting of a whole figure, or a portrait
  • A painting of a group of people
  • Talk about artists who have painted people

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Old clothes recommended although gloves and aprons provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • This course will help you build a portfolio of art work to support further study on an arts access course

Download full course outline

Painting People: Beginners Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

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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