Botanical Painting

Ref: C2342603

This course is currently full.
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If you have an interest in plants and in drawing and painting then this class is for you. You will focus initially on drawing and then move on to developing your watercolour skills. You will be taught the principles of drawing and painting in watercolour and encouraged to develop them at your own pace and in your own style.

Course aim

To provide you with general instruction and the skills necessary to be able to both draw and paint botanical subjects with watercolour and to help you to apply the skills you learn in your own painting.

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:

  • Produce a competent drawing of plants or parts of plants.
  • Make something look 3 dimensional by use of light and shade. Add pattern and texture by using light and shade.
  • Explore and describe the basics of using watercolour and be able to begin to use those techniques to paint a plant or parts of a plant. Demonstrate using watercolour in different ways to make a painting of a plant or part of a plant.
  • Explain/show how to mix and use colour to describe what I see.
  • Analyse and evaluate my own work and progress objectively.

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
  • No homework is 'set' but the tutor will suggest what you can practise at home and you will be encouraged to practise in your own time. Progress will be dependent on how much you practise. The tutor will take time to look at and evaluate what you have done.

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
  • The file of work will be organised and kept by you; a portfolio of work so to speak. It is optional but advised, in order for you to monitor your progress and to keep notes on technique etc..

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
  • Some materials and equipment are available but if you wish to bring your own a materials list available from Derby branch office. A drawing board would be useful and some pencils and some drawing paper for the first sessions. I can advise - please contact WEA office.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Botanical Painting

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This course is currently full.
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Waiting List Conditions

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

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