Exciting Compositions in Watercolour

Ref: C3673850

A carefully planned course exploring many varied watercolour techniques and methods. How to plan a well balanced composition from a range of photographs provided by the tutor, or if preferred from the students own source material. Step by step and staged demonstrations showing brush control, colour mixes and graded and variegated washes. Each subject planned to incorporate a number of varied watercolour techniques as well as special effects such as the use of candle wax, salt application spattering and other texture achieving methods. Individual attention, group discussion, dealing with problem areas, students strengths and weaknesses all dealt with during the process of creating your own works from planning your composition, accurate drawing through to finishing brush strokes. Learn how to create vibrant and impacting watercolours through a series of step by step procedures.

Course aim

To experiment and explore modern watercolour techniques, to improve on drawing and composition skills to enable students to complete a series of varied subjects with depth and impact in their work.

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:

  • Use salt, candle wax and scraping techniques to create texture.
  • Create a landscape using several different photographs.
  • Place figures onto a landscape with correct scale and perspective.
  • Use counterchange to create added contrast and depth into objects.
  • Use a vanishing point to create accurate perspective in a drawing.

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 and eraser. Watercolour paints, paper and brushes. A palette and water container. These materials can be provided by the tutor if students are not equipped on enrolling.

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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Exciting Compositions in Watercolour

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

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