Continuing Abstract Art

Ref: C3841293

A practical, thoughtful course aimed at those with some experience of abstract/semi-abstract art. You will be carrying out your own explorations into abstract/semi-abstract art on your chosen theme. There will be some practical work on 1 or 2 particular topics such as colour theory, composition, print-making or light 3D work, plus a gallery visit or field trip.

Course aim

To enable those with some experience of abstract art to work as part of a friendly and hardworking group, in order to share experiences and difficulties, as a way of exploring and developing individual abstract/semi-abstract work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Some experience of painting, or of the visual arts in general is required, together with an interest in abstract art, and an enthusiasm for exploration and experimentation.

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

  • Work from self-chosen and tutor-led themes as sources of abstract/semi-abstract images
  • Make a study of one or more known artists, and link chosen artist's work in some way to your own work, via visual links, ideas, or approaches.
  • Explore a range of mediums and possibly disciplines (eg print-making, 3D work, working with textiles /fibres, etc)
  • Use sketchbook in a creative way to explore and develop ideas
  • Develop ability to evaluate own and others' 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
  • Students will also be able to learn from each other by sharing and discussing ideas and practices.

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 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring own materials and tools, and as a minimum, please bring a sketchbook and something to draw and possibly paint with. Bring sketchbooks/ ideas as source materials if you can, but don't worry if you can't!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Visit as many galleries and exhibitions as possible, especially of good quality Modern and contemporary art (not necessarily confined to these). If you can't get to see the real thing, look at books and catalogues with good quality reproductions.

What can I do next?

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Continuing Abstract Art


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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