Experience Art Outdoors

Ref: C2525017

Painting outdoors or in situ is a very different experience to an indoor workshop.Outdoors you will literally feel the landscape. With 1 to1 tuition from the tutor the students can build up their own version of the view that they see in front of them. Covering areas such as composition, skies, buildings, etc. With development of tone, form and colour mixing. The student will chose for themselves which aspect of the view (inside or outside) they prefer to paint.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to painting 'Plein Air'. To improve the students understanding, improving colour mixing and brush handling.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for those people who have that spark inside their heart that makes them feel/want/need to paint. Why that need ? Only God knows.

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

  • Improve my sketching ability.
  • Create depth in my painting.
  • Create form in my painting.
  • Improve my colour mixing.
  • Improve my awareness of the world around me.

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
  • Your work will be informally assessed as the tutor visits each student on a one to one basis. Giving you feedback on your progress, giving suggestions and answering questions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Own materials and equipment is expected although there will be a small amount of materials and equipment available.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • There is no reading that is essential but but it will help to read other art books as it will further your ability.

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

Experience Art Outdoors


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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