Painting Practice

Ref: C3676364

This course is ideal for those looking to improve their painting practice and gain more confidence to show and share their art. Although there will be emphasis on figurative and representational art, students are encouraged to allow their work to develop naturally and go in the direction that feels right for them. During the course there will be opportunity to brush up on figure drawing basics, explore the notion of abstract/representational combinations, as well as create art inspired by Gustav Klimt.

Course aim

This course is designed for those wishing to broaden their knowledge of painting practice and develop their individual artistic style in order to gain more confidence with their art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers

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

  • Develop ideas and artistic practice in order to create satisfying works of art
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of basic figure drawing through studies and/or finished pieces
  • Show a level of creativity through the production of finished pieces
  • Engage with peers in discussion relating to artistic practice

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students are encouraged to provide their own materials as much as possible so that they can continue their painting practice outside of class time if they wish to. Students are especially encouraged to provide their own painting supports i.e. canvases and boards.

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
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • All participants are encouraged to think about exhibiting their work which can lead to selling their art

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Painting Practice


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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