Practical Art

Ref: C2525038

The Course aims to develop skills and ability in art techniques by working on different subjects and topics in different media while linking in with art movements and influences - working first on animals in pastels, particularly horses of different types with a look at Stubbs and Degas and then looking at Indian creative achievements - there is inspiration in Mughal illustrations, florals, borders and patterns in acrylics, gouache and mixed media and collage. Lastly there is a project on portraits in pen and ink, ink and wash and then watercolour

Course aim

The Course is for beginners and experienced students to develop their interest in art and art subjects - with practical guided sessions to encourage observation, drawing and painting skills

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students do not need qualifications to join the course - just an interest and curiosity in art, art materials and techniques .

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

  • -draw animals from observation to create their form with shading and highlights
  • -work with acrylic paint to mix colours for vibrant florals , patterns , illustrations ,scenes
  • -use different media and materials in collage to create texture and form
  • - work with pen and ink to create different significant marks and shading for portraits , the effect of chiaroscuro
  • - draw facial features in portraits knowing about the relationships and measurements involved

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
  • Students will work at their own pace and can follow their own interests in art, techniques, topics with tutor support and can bring work in from home to talk about

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

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students are expected to bring their own materials to work with and the tutor will have a selection available to talk about quality and choice to new comers

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
  • students are encouraged to pursue their art skills and are advised of exhibition opportunities to show their work and to see others' art work

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Practical Art


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