Practical Drawing and Watercolour

Ref: C2421285

Start a fresh with art or improve your art practice with the drawing and watercolour course; designed to explore different ways of looking; drawing with a range of materials and developing a watercolour painting technique. We will do some sessions indoors and prepare some sketching techniques to use outside in the local park. You will develop your own sketchbooks with observational and imaginative drawing; and 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

The watercolour and drawing course is to provide an introduction to drawing skills and painting particularly for sketching outside; working on location for 3 sessions, weather permitting, and preparing skills for outdoor work, inside, at Wesley Hall.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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 techniques to show tonal contrast, use and develop colour and composition 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

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Sketchbook, loose paper A4 -A3 sketch pads - pastel paper, watercolour paper. Pencils HB , 2b , 5B. Chalk Pastels Pen and Ink Watercolours Synthetic or nylon watercolour brushes , a sponge could be part of a kitchen sponge Kitchen roll for cleaning your brushes and table.

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?

Download full course information sheet

Practical Drawing and Watercolour

Enrolment Conditions

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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