Art: Urban and Rural

Ref: C3840460

This course will enable the learner to learn basic art techniques and to experiment with ink and watercolour to express issues related to the urban and and rural landscape

Additional information about this course

No specific qualifications are required to attend this course, just an interest in the subject.

Course aim

Students will learn basic art techniques and experiment with ink and watercolour to express 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
  • Students may have prior knowledge and attended a previous course although this is not necessary. However an interest and enthusiasm is!

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

  • Complete an ink design to reflect an issue in the urban and rural landscape
  • Complete a watercolour design to reflect the other side of the issue in the urban/rural landscape
  • Complete 3 perspective paintings/drawings
  • Select artwork (from a gallery or book) which reflects societal issues and discussed with the group
  • Display increased 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 given to aid understanding of course subjects

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 and coursework evaluated and discussed with the group to aid progress

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 sketchbook and pencil. Students may want to bring monies for art gallery trip

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 research artists that have used ink/watercolour to describe and express issues in the landscape

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Students may want to pursue their art education by applying to a Foundation course or art courses at the Stockport or Manchester colleges

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Art: Urban and Rural


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  • 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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