Exploring Watercolours and Other Media

Ref: C2524995

This will be your painting journey. An exploration of traditional and creative Watercolour Painting techniques. Whether you're a complete beginner or you already have a knowledge of painting, this course will allow you to examine your existing methods and approaches and look for a way of developing or exploring new ones. You might change your style, be bold and contemporary or practice more detailed technical approach. We shall explore painting mediums which change the flow of the paint to benefit a technique. You can layer your watercolour with other media or try an alternative to Watercolour if you wish. It's all about your development and you as an individual Artist. Learning will be fun and informative with lots of tutor demonstrations and group interactions and exercises. You will research, (through Internet and galleries) different art styles to help motivate and inspire your changes.

Course aim

When painting with Watercolour there's always room to learn more. Painting is a journey not a destination. That journey is never ending if you look for new routes. Together we'll explore new and fun ways to apply Watercolour painting and other media

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is open to anyone who wishes to take up painting either as a hobby, a therapy or as a skill development with a view to taking a further course or link to future employment as an Artist.

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

  • be aware of a range of painting styles from traditional to contemporary ones.
  • have a better understanding of Watercolour painting and it's traditional techniques
  • apply a number of new techniques using Watercolour painting.
  • paint a mixed media painting
  • know how to use a range of mixers and mediums to change the value of flow of watercolour paints.

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
  • Discussions and demonstrations will be used to show techniques and develop and embed ideas. Researching ideas in your own time and gathering inspirational ideas from books, magazines and internet will be required.

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
  • No written work will be expected either than completion of the learner progress forms. Help will be given to anyone who would need it.

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.)
  • a small selection tools ( brushes, palettes, pots, pencils )and materials such as paintings mediums will be available for you to try. You will be expected to provide your own painting consumables such as paint and paper . The tutor will be able to source these and supply at cost.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • having an idea of what kind of art you admire or think about a stye painting you'd like to explore or what techniques you'd like to improve would be useful. We shall have an informal chat at the first session to find your ideas for the course.

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • The course could lead you onto another art course that could in turn lead you to art qualification should you want to pursue a career in art subjects. It will provide you with a therapeutic activity which will stimulate the mind, relax the body and be beneficial to your general well being.

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Exploring Watercolours and Other Media


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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