Create your own works in watercolour

Ref: C3673416

How to improve on your technique, how to apply different methods and approaches to your paintings. To improve on your drawing skills as well as planning a composition to create a pleasing and convincing drawing. To encourage students to use a bolder, more positive approach that will help to create more depth and impact into finished works. A carefully staged series of demonstrations and step by step procedures allowing students to build up their paintings from initial pencil drawing and composition through to finishing brush strokes. Varied subject matter allowing the use of exciting styles and techniques.

Course aim

To give increased confidence, allowing students to experiment more freely with watercolour and encourage the use of artistic license. To provide information on using new techniques and methods.

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:

  • Plan a painting from a complex photograph.
  • Mix a variety of colours using three primaries.
  • Use wet in wet washes to create depth.
  • Paint convincing trees, foliage and fields.
  • Simplify over detailed areas using a shorthand technique.

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?

  • A 2B pencil, rule and eraser, watercolour brushes, paints, palette and watercolour paper. A water container. These materials can be provided by the tutor until students can obtain them.

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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Create your own works in watercolour

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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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