Expressive Colour in Painting - Intermediate

Ref: C2340637

Learners will experiment working with translucency (glaze) and contrast this by incorporating thick impasto marks. All learners will be encouraged to experiment with drawing and painting and become aware of visual composition. Learners will be encouraged to add notation to their sketchbooks to self identify what has worked well. This approach will help learners to develop their own creative voice. This session will be supported by exploring art history.

Course aim

We will experiment working with acrylic paint, to build a new exciting relationship with colour by exploring colour and colour translucency (glaze). Surface drama can then be extended with the addition of impasto marks (very thick layers).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Use colour to express emotion and and suggest space.
  • Draw with colour and work with translucency (glaze)
  • Use thick impasto marks applied with a range of implements to build composition and drama into artwork.
  • Use notes within their sketchbooks to self identify what has worked well.
  • Develop a growing awareness of art history and how to make use of this in their own 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • This course is limited to not more than 14 students .

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Large and small paintbrushes, old brushes (good for mark-making), old store cards, bits or scrap mount board , rags, sponges, an old tooth brush, string.

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
  • Look at the work of :

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Expressive Colour in Painting - Intermediate

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