Practical Drawing and Watercolour Painting

Ref: C2420721

The drawing and water colour course is designed to explore different ways of looking;drawing with a range of materials and developing a watercolour painting technique. You will develop your own sketchbooks with observational and imaginative drawing and also use mixed media work. We will look at examples of different styles of drawing that a variety of artists use and also pen and ink and water colour techniques.

Course aim

Introduction to drawing and painting techniques (watercolour) Drawing with a range of drawing materials; drawing and painting with a brush and watercolour. Start afresh with art or improve your art practice

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:

  • Create a sketch book diary and be confident to sketch at home, outdoors and in museums.
  • You will begin to use watercolour painting techniques or improve use of colour and paint handling.
  • Improve your well being through enjoying an art session working with other people and socialising with others interested in art.
  • Start to develop a knowledge of other artists and art movements
  • You will develop a range of art techniques including using line,tone, composition and colour skills.

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

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

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
  • Bring a Sketchbook , some loose paper. A4 -3 sketch pads one of pastel paper and another of watercolour paper. Pencils HB, 2B, 5B. Chalk Pastels Pen , Indian Ink, Palette Watercolours Synthetic Brushes a range of sizes

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Practical Drawing and Watercolour Painting


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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