Better Watercolour Painting

Ref: C3741650

Most people lack the confidence to experiment with their pictures and are far too modest about their achievements. Become more active in your choice of imagery and combine new ideas with new techniques. Beginners will be fully supported.

Course aim

This course will help people improve the technical side of painting using watercolours. Experienced students will also enjoy revisiting techniques.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone who wishes to improve their painting or just to work with others in a stimulating encouraging atmosphere.

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

  • Make well proportioned drawings as a starting point for painting.
  • Develop a picture from a Theme or Topic which has significance to individuals or society.
  • Combine techniques to create effects. eg. masking fluid, wax resist or watercolour pencils.
  • Use the work or other artists to inspire style. eg. Samuel Palmer, Turner and John Piper.
  • Develop a vocabulary for self evaluation and peer evaluation.

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

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.)
  • Students will need to provide watercolour set, watercolour paper, A3 or A4 . Round watercolour brushes size. 6, 8 and 4. 2B Pencil, 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
  • Try to get information on the art of Samuel Palmer, Turner and John Piper

What can I do next?

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Better Watercolour Painting


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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