Practical Drawing and Painting (Watercolour)

Ref: C2420124

You will develop drawing and watercolour painting techniques using a range of materials. You will develop you're own sketchbooks with observational and imaginative drawing; We will be working outside on location some of the time not far from Barnet or in Potters Bar. You will need to drive or lift share with other learners to get to local parks or get the bus there. If it rains we will work inside . You will also combine information from your own photographs and sketches into paintings in days where we are working indoors. We will look at examples of different styles of drawing that a variety of artists use and also pen, ink and watercolour.

Course aim

An introduction to drawing, sketching outside and watercolour for relaxation. Develop observational drawing skills expeimenting with a range of materials for line, textural effects and tonal contrast working on location when possible.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Create a sketch book diary and be confident to sketch at home , outdoors and in museums.
  • Improve your well being through enjoying an art session working with other people and socialising with others interested in art.
  • You will begin to use watercolour painting techniques outside or improve use of colour and paint handling skills.
  • Start to develop a knowledge of other artists and art movements.
  • You will develop drawing skills to use line, tone, composition and colour skills.

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

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

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.)
  • A sketching portable chair for work outside Umbrella for work outside Watercolours Watercolour paper A3 and A4 Sketch book of cartridge paper for drawing Sugar paper and chalk pastels. Pen and Ink Pencil & rubber. Brushes for watercolour & pen for ink work or finer

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Practical Drawing and Painting (Watercolour)


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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