Painting and Drawing for All

Ref: C3676350

This term our theme will be 'The Animal Kingdom' including birds and animals of the day and the night as well as phantasmagorical creatures. This will include tips and tools for choosing elements to make an interesting picture, sketching and drawing objectively and gaining confidence in being more expressive. We will use a range of techniques and materials to create sketches and finished pictures including acrylics, inktense, watercolours and watercolour pencils, and both oil and soft pastels. Throughout the course there will be practical demonstrations showing how to use the various media, as well as one-to-one discussion with the tutor on how your work is progressing. There may be informal sketching trips to places of interest (weather dependant). Students will be free to pursue their own projects.

Course aim

Gain confidence in drawing and painting and being expressive in art, exploring a range of materials, including water-colours, pencil, pastels, acrylics, oil paints and inks, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • be familiar with a range of art materials and have confidence to experiment
  • Create a picture interpreting the theme chosen
  • be confident in being expressive
  • be able to create a sense of depth in a picture

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 be encouraged to sketch subjects outside of the class to practice their drawing skills and to make studies for their finished picture

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
  • Materials demonstrated in class will be available for students to explore. Students are encouraged to invest in a small sketchbook for sketching outside of class time, and with advice from the tutor, choose materials to progress their work in class. NB art materials can stain clothing.

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
  • it would be helpful to have pictures of animals to work from

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Painting and Drawing for All


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  • 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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