Painting People: Improvers

Ref: C3671651

This is a practical drawing and painting course that will support you to improve your skills in painting people. We will tackle faces and hands, portraits and figures, sometimes from life, using ourselves and each other as models, and also by looking at the work of famous portrait and figure painters such as Frida Kahlo and Van Gogh. We will look at art history on the development of figure painting and have a gallery visit as part of this course.

Additional information about this course

N/a

Course aim

To develop skills in drawing and painting people through drawing from life and working from images from portrait artists

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Make a pencil drawing of hands
  • Make pencil and pastel drawings of faces
  • Make an acrylic painting of a figure and of a group
  • Make a self portrait
  • Research a portrait artist of your choice

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Painting People: Improvers 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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