Art Workshops Painting Using Impressionist Techniques

Ref: C3742899

In this course we will be looking at the various impressionist techniques, and ideas learning and experimenting ways to incorporate them into your own art work. Impressionism developed in France in the nineteenth century and is based on the practice of painting out of doors and spontaneously ‘on the spot’ rather than in a studio from sketches. This resulted in a greater awareness of light and colour and the shifting pattern of the natural scene. Brushwork became rapid and broken into separate dabs in order to render the fleeting quality of light, main impressionist subjects were landscapes and scenes of everyday life. We will be covering the use of paint, soft pastels and also watercolours.

Course aim

We will be studying and exploring The Impressionist Movement's unique and distinctive painting techniques. Painting a general impression of a scene and paying attention to the light.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anyone with a love of colour and a creative soul.

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

  • Have an basic understanding of the use of paint, and the use of colour and light.
  • The ability to enjoy to compose and create your own art work, your own pictures.
  • The ability to enjoy to compose and create your own art work, your own pictures.
  • Understand and use a Sketch Book of ones own, we will be working from sketch books right from the start of the course.
  • A selection of finished art works!

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
  • I will be very happy if the students can carry out preparatory work in their own time, Sketch Books especially!

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • The tutor always brings Art Books and iPad, and we do have use of an IT room, there is WiFi access at Parkside Pavillion.

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

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

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Art Workshops Painting Using Impressionist Techniques


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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