Painting Small Scale

Ref: C2342741

Painting on a small scale throws up unique challenges and advantages. In this course we explore small watercolours, sketchbook studies, oil / acrylic paintings and painting onto objects such as household utensils or furnishings – a little table with Snakes and Ladders painted on its surface will be shown as an example. Some small pieces of mdf will be available as painting surfaces from the tutor. Learning how to go about painting small is useful for taking reduced equipment when travelling. The degree of smallness is up to you – just smaller than you usually work counts.

Course aim

This new course introduces the materials and specific skills needed to paint on a small scale, both as paintings using a variety of media and also painting on objects.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Some experience in painting is advisable, since this course is not for absolute beginners.

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

  • organise my painting equipment and materials in a scaled down but functional manner
  • use the Camera Lucida app to transfer exact outlines on to a surface
  • use more than one medium to work on a small scale, and to choose an appropriate medium for the surface to be painted
  • paint in detail where appropriate
  • paint ‘broadly’, albeit on a small scale

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
  • Learning through doing – undertaking a variety of approaches. Occasional brief demonstration of a small scale technique. The tutor will bring in a variety of samples which will support and facilitate your own small paintings. Research which has personal interest/significance for you may be enco

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
  • 1:1 tuition optional presentation of work in progress to the group suggestions of artists’ work to research which relate to the art you are making comparing earlier and later work to track progress encouragement and facilitating to try new surfaces/objects to paint on to

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring any surfaces for making small paintings, such as sketchbooks, small offcuts of wood or mdf, objects. Also paints of your choice, e.g. watercolours, acrylics, oils or possibly enamels for objects. Gesso for making a ground, rags for oil and acrylics, kitchen towel for watercolours.

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
  • Progression may be sought via Foundation at Loughborough University School of Art and Design, or through the Richard Attenborough Centre in Leicester University. Another WEA course or other provider.

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Painting Small Scale

Enrolment 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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