Art Workshops 2 - Painting

Ref: C3741233

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a solid surface (support base). The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush, but other implements, such as knives, sponge. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition, narration (as in narrative art), or abstraction (as in abstract art), among other aesthetic modes, may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Paintings can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, narrative, symbolistic (as in Symbolist art), emotive (as in Expressionism), or political in nature. ref: Wikipedia

Course aim

Painting: The use of Paint and of Painting equipment the many different materials and techniques including: Watercolour, Gouache, Acrylics and Oil Paints.

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:

  • To master the different techniques use of paint.
  • To show a basic understanding of composition, perspective, the use of colour, form and light.
  • Use of the basic skills and techniques: experimentation, use of brushwork and wash, on paper, card and canvas.
  • A selection of finished art work and the development of a personal portfolio.

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
  • It is enormously satisfying when students develop their own work outside of class, and many do but I understand that not everyone has time there are other commitments.

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 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 weekly open discussion with the tutor, and personal monitoring of progress throughout the course. We learn by experiment, and group critiques (crits) allow everyone to explore results and provide critical feedback.

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
  • Additional materials are recommended, we have enough for the individual student to initially try different materials. The better the quality the better the result. An apron or painting cloths!

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Art Workshops 2 - Painting 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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