Painting and Drawing - 'Part 1 - Ways of Seeing'

Ref: C2421022

Students will work from still life and the figure to develop the skills to describe form through exciting mark making processes and techniques. The course will encourage new ideas and develop a greater understanding of the formal elements - line, tone, shape, form, colour, texture, etc. We will start by exploring line and gesture. Each week a new project will build on student’s knowledge and offer the opportunity to work with different media and materials. Students will explore a variety of ways to describe the still life and the figure, whilst developing strong observational skills and a personal self expression.

Additional information about this course

This course is free for adults that receive a benefit. For more information, or to book a place on this course please contact Lorna Coxhall at Peter Bedford Housing Association on 020 3815 4100.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to introduce students to a range of different drawing and painting materials and techniques. The course will develop student’s ideas, observational skills and understanding of the formal elements.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Produce observational work in a range of different media
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the formal elements
  • Analyse and evaluate own and others artwork

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Painting and Drawing - 'Part 1 - Ways of Seeing'

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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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