Practical Painting & Drawing Techniques

Ref: C3676971

This is an ideal course for those wishing to learn a range of painting and drawing techniques in relation to Post Impressionist Art. This term we will focus on achieving finished paintings taking inspiration from Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and other artists to create colourful works of art. We will also launch into using water mixable oil paints and students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for using this medium from scratch. During the course there will be plenty of opportunity for students to discuss their progress with their tutor and their peers, all in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Course aim

This course is designed for those wishing to explore painting and drawing techniques using various media including water mixable oils. The course will enable students to brush up on basics, broaden knowledge and learn something new.

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:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of painting and drawing techniques through studies and finished pieces
  • Achieve at least one finished oil painting using water mixable oils
  • Develop painting techniques through study of basic oil painting techniques
  • Express a level of creativity through the achievement of works of art
  • Engage in discussion with other group members

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
  • It is essential to provide your own canvases/boards etc. to paint onto, as well as something to carry your wet paintings to and from each session such as a flat box.

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
  • Students are encouraged to consider showing their work which can lead to sales and other exhibition opportunities (optional)

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Practical Painting & Drawing Techniques

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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
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  • 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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