A Journey Through Watercolour

Ref: C3673171

A staged or step by step procedure showing students how to compose, draw and paint a series of varied subjects. Working from provided photographs, students own source material and photocopied handouts. How to build up a painting in stages, how to include props and simplify complex subjects. Plenty of tips and advice on watercolour method and technique demonstrated at the easel with useful advice given throughout. Individual attention when needed as well as group discussion about ideas styles and approaches. A comfortably paced course within a warm friendly atmosphere.

Course aim

To encourage students to openly experiment with modern watercolour techniques and methods, to use a bold approach, increase confidence and give students advice on drawing technique and composition.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Both draw and paint more accurately and confidently.
  • Have painted in a variety of styles common to watercolour.
  • Create impact in your work with the use of contrast and colour vibrancy.
  • Build up a painting with the use of transparent glazes to achieve depth.
  • Work from photographs using your own ideas and plan your own compositions.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A 2B pencil, eraser, watercolour paints, paper, palette and water container. Some students bring Ipads to photograph subject matter and tutors demonstrations.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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A Journey Through Watercolour


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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