Water Colour and Drawing

Ref: C3741639

Each session will have a theme or practical focus, eg. Painting skies, water or buildings. Relevant techniques will be demonstrated and colours proposed. Full advice given about the range of materials available and which might be the most useful. A friendly and inclusive atmosphere.

Course aim

A watercolour course which covers all the basic techniques in weekly projects. Newcomers and experienced painters enjoy and develop their skills in this class.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone who would like to come is most welcome.. All levels and styles accommodated. Traditional skills are taught.

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

  • Draw out the images in proportion.
  • Evaluate and use a variety of tonal values.
  • Compose one painting with some social or personal theme . eg. Time, Family, Exile of Food.
  • Combine technical processes to make a finished picture. eg. pre-prepared paper, pen and ink and gouache.
  • Develop vocabulary describe and evaluate your work.

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?

  • 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
  • Your work will be evaluated and encouraged throughout the sessions . there is little formal assessment.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Watercolour paints. Round watercolour brushes- medium size 6 and 8 Watercolour paper- such as Cotman, Aqua- fine or any reasonable quality watercolour paper. A3 or A4 . 2B and 4B pencils , rubber and sharpener.

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
  • Start to watch documentaries on artists and their movements. Visit exhibitions, practice drawing as much as you can. Find some favorite artists and think about the kind of paintings that you would like to be able to paint.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • This course will encourage further development in your artistic expression and could lead to exhibiting, selling paintings or making cards from your images.

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Water Colour and Drawing

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