Art Techniques

Ref: C2341566

This course will explore different artists and genres in an informal and positive environment. The importance of art and creative thought for our general well being is an underlying theme within the sessions. We will examine the materials and techniques that artists use to produce their individual styles. Assessments of the artists characteristics and group discussions of the elements that are embedded in the artists work and the various genres will provide a foundation that informs the students own work.The students will be encouraged to develop their own artistic interests and creative skills. A body of work will be produced that reflects the themes studied. The portfolio of work will be influenced by and expanded using the students knowledge of the themes and subjects.

Course aim

This course will explore, examine and discuss different artists and genres. Students will then use this information to produce their own work and in doing so extend their knowledge of the various themes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • have explored different artists and genres.
  • have examined materials and techniques that produce specific artists styles.
  • have assessed, discussed and been informed by artistic styles and genres.
  • have developed artistic interests and creative skills.
  • have produced a body of work that reflects certain themes and shows an expansion of knowledge.

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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • Feedback will be received from visitors to the summer exhibition.

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
  • The addition of essential items will be beneficial to you on the course. These include watercolour paper, sketch pads, drawing materials, mixed media materials and equipment, specialist brushes and a variety of pigments and paints.

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
  • Visits to Art Galleries and Museums would further the students knowledge and develop their interests.

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Art Techniques

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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
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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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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