Art and Design

Ref: C3530083

With reference to the work of contemporary and historical artists and designers, we will learn about the basic principles of colour in a practical way. A range of colour contrasts will be explored (such as contrast of hue, warm/cool, complementary, light/dark, saturation) and used as starting points for developing abstract and figurative paintings. You will be guided through a series of simple colour-mixing exercises and experiment with acrylic painting techniques; these will help you to understand colour relationships and how colour behaves so that you can use it with more confidence.

Course aim

To develop an understanding of the key elements of Art and Design so that they can be applied with more confidence and skill to your own artwork.

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:

  • Read the colour wheel, characterising warm, cool and complementary colours
  • Understand the meaning of terms such as value, hue, and saturation
  • Mix colour combinations such as prismatic colours, chromatic greys, muted colours, analogous colours and monochrome, and apply them to your work
  • Experiment with painting and drawing techniques
  • Develop confidence in your skills and creative potential

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?

  • 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

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

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Art and Design

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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