Experimenting with Watercolour

Ref: C3673264

A series of projects working mostly from photographs on a variety of subjects encouraging the use of props, artistic license and personal ideas. Advice on simplification and composition given to allow students to create well balanced and proportionately scaled drawings. A step by step approach with demonstrations and individual attention as well as group ideas, preferences and suggestions. A warm, pleasant atmosphere working with like minded people make this course an enjoyable experience.

Course aim

To encourage students to paint boldly using a fluent approach that will encourage a looser style. This will give added confidence and allow students to experiment more freely.

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:

  • Mix a range of varying greens to be used to create trees, fields and grasses.
  • Use a variety of tools to create textured effects.
  • Create a variety of three dimensional shapes using contour drawing.
  • Give the effects of aerial perspective using a soft focus technique.
  • Work more confidently from home.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • 2B pencil, rule, eraser and watercolour paper. Brushes, paints, palette and water container. This can be provided at the start if student has no materials.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Experimenting with Watercolour


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