Watercolour and Drawing

Ref: C3741640

There will be weekly challenges and exercises which will lead to more professional looking work. Expressive and well constructed paintings and traditional methods are encouraged and taught. You will be given guidance in all matters. Challenging approaches will ensure that you learn something new from each picture.

Course aim

Further steps in using watercolour. Consolidate your skills and find your own style.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone who would like to come along is welcome. We have a comfortable, conveniently located venue in the centre of Rye.

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

  • Working from a range of resources- photographs, still life and the work or other artists. making your own decisions about composition.
  • Better colour mixing using complementary colour mixing.
  • Well constructed pictures using methods such as squaring up, editing or cropping and enlarging the image to focus on one point.
  • Exploring the work of the Artist John Piper, making some studies and using the style in some of your own work.
  • Develop a critical vocabulary to explain your work to others and to evaluate your own and others progress.

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
  • There will be some demonstrations and illustrations of points of interest. Some images will be supplies in photocopy form for students to use- although students are encouraged to select their own imagery.

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

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.)
  • watercolor paints, watercolour brushes size 6 and 8. watercolour paper- Cotman is good also Aqua- fine. medium surface A3.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Generally keep drawing and taking a keen interest in Art and artists work.

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
  • This course will enhance confidence and enjoyment by working with people of similar interests.

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Watercolour and Drawing


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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