Exploring Watercolours and Other Media

Ref: C2525298

Learn how to get the best from Watercolour whether you are a fan of Traditional or Contemporary styles. Understanding the flow of the paint and how wet in wet works or how to lay a glaze are vital techniques to master before you choose your subject and develop your style. You will learn to mix and use colour and understand how due to the transparency of watercolour the colour changes as you layer your paints. Whatever your subject interest, Watercolour is firstly about grasping the techniques which unlike other mediums can be challenging at times, especially learning on your own. This course is filled with lots of easy to follow demonstrations and explanations so you can see how it's done by your Tutor who also works as a professional artist. As well as structural learning there will be plenty of time to practice and develop your skills painting subjects that you enjoy.

Course aim

This course is primarily a Watercolour painting course although there will be opportunities to explore another medium of your choice. This is your personal development course and suitable for all levels and abilities.

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:

  • you will be able to apply watercolour washes , glazes and apply transparent colour with confidence avoiding muddying your colours.
  • have a better understanding of how wet in wet techniques works and how you can create new wet layers to work in to.
  • you will have a better understanding of how different brushes and tools can be used to give different effects in your paint.
  • You will have an appreciation of different artists styles and incorporate some if these into your own work.
  • You will have had the opportunity to try another medium of your choice and develop techniques in that medium.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Home research is a valuable addition to class work. this can done through internet or gallery visits. Practicing your techniques at home is also beneficial as practice is key to improvement. This optional and not mandatory.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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.)
  • Your own painting kit is expected. A range of tools, equipment and some materials can be provided in class. Consumables such as paper will incur a small cost. A full list of materials and equipment will be given at the first session and guidance given on purchasing the right equipment.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Painting is a great therapy and is known to have health benefits. In time with practice it's possible to paint commissions or gallery exhibits which can be a good way of supporting your income. remember ...All professional artists starts as beginners

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Exploring Watercolours and Other Media

Enrolment Conditions

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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