Painting and Drawing for All

Ref: C3677161

The course will allow students to gain confidence in painting, developing and improving individual styles. Initially the emphasis will be on working with 'Gouache' (pronounced "gwash"). It can be traced back to ancient Greece. It is an opaque (not transparent) watercolour paint, quick drying and 'white' can be used for mixing. The colours are vivid, it can be worked flat or with layered marks. It may also be diluted for washes or used thickly with a painting knife. It is particularly popular with decorative artists and illustrators.There will be exercises to enable students to practise techniques. Information sheets, demonstrating these methods will be available. Subject matter will be provided and students can bring their own. there will be images from current and historical artists, to inspire and inform the students' own work - It was popular with 20th Century 'modernist' artists.' Matisse was a keen advocate of this medium, such as in his semi-abstract work 'The Snail, 1953'.

Course aim

To enable learners to develop their visual creative skills through a wide range of art materials in an informal and supportive environment.

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:

  • Demonstrate different painting techniques using gouache.
  • Improve my colour mixing.
  • Identify a 20th century artist who used gouache.
  • Complete a composition using gouache.
  • Gain confidence through the work I produce.

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
  • Drawing and painting at home is encouraged, but not required. Work can be brought in for appraisal.

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
  • Students may choose to purchase a small portfolio to store work; to show evidence of their progress.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Student's own source material is welcomed, photos or design imagery etc..

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Entering work into exhibitions. Selling work. Excepting commissions.

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Painting and Drawing for All

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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