Painting and Drawing

Ref: C3671461

The course will allow students to gain confidence in drawing and sketching, developing and improving individual styles. Drawing is not only a basis for most visual art, it is an art form in its own right. Dating back to cave paintings, the ancient Egyptians, classical Greece and Rome and on into the Italian Renaissance. From here originates the modern drawing movements of Europe and the U.S. In the East, the Japanese artist 'Hokusai' interpreted the world using 'line' and his work is still highly regarded. We will start by drawing what we can see, learning how to use light, tone and shade. Students will be using pencil, charcoal, pen, ink and wash, coloured pencils, water-soluble pencils, pastel pencils and soft and oil pastels, as well as discovering new drawing media. A mix of subject matter will be provided as well as information sheets, with examples of techniques. Students can use their own source material and alternative drawing styles will be 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:

  • Display a variety of pencil drawing techniques.
  • Create a study in charcoal.
  • Work with coloured drawing media.
  • Have completed a variety of drawings.
  • Feel confident about my drawing 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Entering work into exhibitions.

Download full course outline

Painting and Drawing Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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