Watercolour Painting: an introduction

Ref: C2525674

Take away the mystery and add a little magic to watercolour painting. During these five weeks you will learn the basic techniques and principles behind watercolour painting. The beautiful versatile medium that it is, can cause frustrations for beginners if a few simple rules are not followed. Your tutor will guide you step by step in learning about not just mixing colours and creating successful brush strokes but will also explain the flow of paint and volumes of water required during each stage of Wet in Wet and the range of timings it incorporates in that technique . This is a good back to basics painting course for those who need a refresher for novice painters who struggle to grasp the concept. The course will set you up with a better understanding of the medium and is a great introduction to painting giving you a good start to learning a beautiful new skill.

Course aim

This is a short introductory course to attain a level of understanding of the basic techniques and principles of Watercolour Painting.

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:

  • know how to apply wet in wet painting technique
  • understand wet on dry and dry brush techniques
  • use a suitable mask to retain the whites of the paper
  • understand a basic colour theory
  • paint a simple landscape painting.

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
  • this will be primarily tutor led demonstrations and a simple step by step process

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?

  • some tools (brushes, palettes etc) can be provided by the tutor . Consumables such as paper can be provided at cost. approx £1-2 per session.

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

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • This is a taster course, Watercolour painting takes a bit of understanding and practice this course will give you a good basic knowledge to proceed with practice

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Watercolour Painting: an introduction

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

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