Practical Drawing & Painting (Water colour)

Ref: C2420380

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. A variety of techniques with watercolours will also be taught working on location outside 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 sketchbook diary and be confident to sketch at home, outside and in museums.
  • You will begin to use watercolour painting techniques or improve use of colour and paint handling.
  • Improve your well being through enjoying an art session working with other people and socialising with others interested in art.
  • Start to develop a knowledge of other artists and art movements.
  • Be able to use line, tone and textural effects in drawing.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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.)
  • Watercolour paints Watercolour paper A3 & A4 some tissue for blotting and a sponge Pencil, pencil sharpener and eraser Sketch pad of cartridge paper Watercolour nylon brushes Pen and ink or fine liner Sugar paper and Chalk pastels Portable sketching chair and umbrella for work outside.

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 & Painting (Water colour)


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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