Contemporary Painting Practice

Ref: C3675204

As a continuation of previous terms we will look at abstract painting approaches. The first part of the course will involve engaging in specific techniques for creating abstract works of art. Students will then have the opportunity to have a go at creating an abstract painting inspired by Gerhard Richter's squeegy paintings. We will then progress on to looking at the works of Wassily Kandinsky and linking abstraction to symbolism. Towards the latter part of the course students will then have the opportunity to explore any aspect of the course content and approaches to abstract painting through the completion of a project piece.

Course aim

This course is designed for those wishing to expand their knowledge of contemporary painting practice, in order to apply a variety of ideas and techniques to their own work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students will have ideally attended the two previous terms

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

  • Demonstrate various techniques for creating abstract art
  • Show a level of creativity through the creation of finished works of art
  • Develop artistic style and ideas through the creation of works of art
  • Engage in discussion with other group members in relation to artistic practice

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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
  • Please provide your own painting supports i.e. paper and canvases

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Opportunities to show and sell created works, students are especially encouraged to take part in the Art House Summer Exhibition

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Contemporary Painting Practice


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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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