This course will explore different art materials and techniques. We will start with watercolours of individual trees , small copses or sweeping landscapes with woods - to build up control of brushes and colour in water for background. The second topic introduces lino printing. This encourages analysing a picture so that important structural aspects are developed into the print. Later reduction printing processes will be used for those interested in a more complex technique. The third topic uses soft and oil pastels to work on pictures of industry. Students learn how to softly blend colours to build up shape and form and add sharp fine bright detail on top

Course aim

This course is for beginners and experienced students to develop an interest in art and art subjects - with practical , guided sessions to encourage observational, drawing and painting shills

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students do not need qualifications to join the course - just an interest and curiosity in art , art materials and techniques

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

  • - Draw a balanced composition of trees in a landscape and paint this in watercolour
  • - Draw a design of a simple composition or single image and learn how to cut this into lino and print from it
  • - Identify with soft and oil pastels to create a soft background
  • - Sketch from still life developing personal observation and co ordination for drawings .
  • - Analyse compositions for negative shapes

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
  • - students will work on the topics at their own pace and if preferred can follow their own interests with tutor encouragement and support and can bring in work from home to talk about

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?

  • - Students are expected to bring in their own materials but the tutor will have a selection available to talk about quality and variety to newcomers

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
  • - students are encouraged to pursue their art and are advised of exhibition opportunities to show their work and view others' art work .

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