Make a Start with Art

Ref: C3675642

Learners will be able to explore and experiment with a range of drawing and painting techniques, surfaces,materials and subjects that will develop new skills to take forward into further painting and drawing projects.

Course aim

A short five week course aimed at adults who would like to learn or improve painting and drawing skills 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 painting using primary colours only and black & white to tint & tone. Demonstrate the use of colour theory, colour modulation within an individual creative piece of artwork
  • Create a monochrome painting using the following techniques: Observation, measured drawing, facial proportions. Line tone & texture. (Colour modulation if painting.)
  • Create a painting or drawing from a metal/glass still life using the following techniques: Observation, measured drawing, line, tone and texture, (Colour mixing if painting.)
  • Create an Aboriginal style Dot Painting in a painting media of your own choice. or Demonstrate the use of pointillism technique if drawing in ink or pencil.
  • Create a watercolour painting of a waterfall using some of the following techniques: Observation, measured drawing colour mixing, wet into wet, wet onto dry, wax resist, sandpaper salt.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your 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
  • A limited range of materials and basic equipment will be available to support learners each week. Please bring your own additional materials to each session. Further advice regarding materials will be provided at the start of the course.

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
  • 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
  • Further Art courses can be offered as a progression from this 5 week 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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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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