Art: Descriptive Tone

Ref: C3842908

This course will enable the student to learn basic art techniques and combine this with experimentation with tonal media i.e. charcoal and graphite to reflect upon and express issues related to the changing landscape and the local community

Course aim

Students will learn basic art techniques and experiment with tone, charcoal, graphite , ink and pencil to identify and express issues related to the changing landscape

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No experience necessary but enthusiasm a must!

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

  • Reflect upon and express an issue in tone
  • Converse on the issue with other group members
  • Complete a 1,2 and 3 point perspective used in a tonal drawing
  • Select artwork(s) from a gallery or book and discuss with the group
  • Demonstrate increased confidence and wellbeing

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Homework given to the group each week which is discussed and evaluated with the group at the start of each lesson

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • Work assessed with group each week and constructive feedback given to aid the 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
  • Although there are a few materials provided the students may want to bring an A2 sketchbook and a good range of pencils

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
  • Students may want to research artists who have used tone to express issues

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Further WEA course on a wider level or a Foundation course with Stockport or Manchester colleges or application for another art course with another provider

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Art: Descriptive Tone


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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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