Make a Start with Art

Ref: C3674471

Learners will be able to explore and experiment with a range of painting and drawing media. Create five individual pieces of artwork using easy and effective techniques in Watercolours, Charcoal, Water Soluble pens, Water Soluble Pencils and Acrylics.

Course aim

A short introductory four week taster course aimed at adults who would like to have a go at painting and drawing in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Create a watercolour beach scene using the following techniques: Wet into Wet, Wet onto Dry, Dry Brush. Lifting Out, Spattering, Palette Knife, Colour Mixing.
  • Create a charcoal face using the following techniques: Line,tone & texture, Facial proportions
  • Create a Landscape with water soluble pens using the following techniques: Trace down image, Apply line tone & texture, Utilise a dampened brush to create variegated colour from ink pigment.
  • Create a drawing ( Learners own subject choice) with water soluble pencils using the following techniques: Observation, Measured drawing, Aplly line tone & texture. Utlilise dampened brush to spread pencil tones.
  • Create a painting of a bird with acrylic paint using the following techniques: Observation, Measured drawing, Recognize negative spaces and familiar shapes,Colour Mixing, Utilise a range of brush sizes, Apply paint thinly and thickly.

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • We will be able to discuss materials required each week at the first session. Wk 1 Watercolours Wk 2 Charcoal/Watersoluble pens Wk 3 Water Soluble Pencils Wk 4 Acrylics

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Further art courses can be offered as progression from this introductory course. Exploring a wider range of art activities, themes and new learning outcomes that meet individual learner and group needs and aspirations.

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Make a Start with Art

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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
  • 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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