A Voyage in Expressive Watercolour

Ref: C3673494

A variety of subjects chosen to allow students to explore and experiment with a range of exciting watercolour techniques. How to incorporate your own ideas, create your own compositions and include your own choice of props. A step by step approach showing how to paint wet in wet washes for distant shapes and dry brush methods for texture and form. Plenty of additional tips and advice, problem solving, how to deal with difficult, unpredictable areas, all demonstrated at the easel. Individual attention, group discussion ,constructive critique will help students build up their knowledge and passion for this fascinating medium.

Course aim

Provide students with the ability to paint a convincing landscape showing light, shade, close up detail and soft distance along with the contrast needed to give impact and depth.

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 well balanced landscape.
  • Demonstrate ability to produce variegated washes.
  • Paint solid shapes with a three dimensional feel.
  • Work around the colour wheel with blended colour.
  • Create a simplified drawing from a complex source.

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, eraser and rule. Watercolour paper, paints and brushes, palette and water container. These can be provided by the tutor.

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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A Voyage in Expressive 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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