Drawing and Painting

Ref: C3675809

Join a friendly and supportive group where the intention is to help each student produce increasingly confident and personal work. Students attend with varying levels of experience: each student works at their own level and beginners receive plenty of encouragement. Roughly two thirds of each lesson is spent drawing or painting. There are also demonstrations and discussions. You can expect some one-to-one tuition in most sessions. The course includes: explaining the mysteries of how to draw something that 'looks right' and practising techniques that can help; the importance of tone; mixing colours; using acrylic paint and other media; considering what our work expresses and how it is influenced by Western art and the art of other cultures. Sometimes a step-by-step approach is used but students are also encouraged to think for themselves rather than simply following instructions to achieve a finished product. It should be possible to produce one or two finished pictures during the term.

Course aim

For students at all levels to discover and develop their existing art skills, acquire new ones and benefit socially from sharing their experience with others.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Beginners should not give up if the course seems to moves too fast for them. Artists are always exploring and never completely understand what they are doing! The other students are always encouraging and supportive.

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

  • Use a range of drawing strategies to help me with checking the proportions of a drawing.
  • Identify and reproduce relative tonal values with greater clarity
  • Use the colour wheel to help me mix and adjust my colours.
  • Use acrylic paint with greater fluency and confidence.
  • Explore different ways of painting landscape after comparing and discussing examples by other artists.

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

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
  • 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
  • Approximately 50% to 75% of each lesson is spent on practical work.

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
  • A light-weight (e.g. stiff card or hardboard) drawing board approximately 60cm x 45cm (2' x 18")

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Drawing and Painting


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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