Art: People and Places

Ref: C3840409

This course will enable the learner to learn basic art techniques and to combine this with paint and charcoal to create excing urban landscapes which reflect issues in today's Society

Additional information about this course

Suitable for students who have an interest in developing their artistic skills and general sense of well-being.

Course aim

Students will learn basic art techniques and experiment with paint, line (mark making) and colour to create exciting artwork which reflects issues in today's society

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Enthusiasm and interest a must!

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

  • Complete a thumbnail sketch of an urban landscape to understand composition
  • Use app. colour, tone to express 2 sides of an issue
  • Complete 3 perspective drawings
  • Select artwork (from gallery or book) which reflects societal issues and discussed with the group
  • Demonstrate improved confidence and wellbeing

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
  • Homework will be given to the group to improve course 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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Homework discussed and feedback given at the beginning of lesson. Work created in class discussed at end of class and feedback given to aid improvement.

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
  • A sketch book and pencil. Cost of a trip to the Art gallery.

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
  • Students may want to look at painters such as Liam Spencer and Norman Long who have painted the modern urban landscape

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Students may want to apply for a Foudation art Course at Stockport college or at the Manchester University

Download full course outline

Art: People and Places Course Outline


You can 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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