Watercolour Painting for All

Ref: C3744474

This is a mixed ability course where anyone can improve and try out new techniques. Complete beginners should make good progress and experienced painters will get fresh insights and stimulating topics. It is a friendly supportive class and you will find it a relaxing session in a comfortable venue. Students are often local but also come from further afield. Most sessions are from colour copies although students are advised to find images which are of interest to themselves as a starting point. Everyone does individual work based on a topic. The first topic will be 'A land scape with a dramatic sky.' Equipment is watercolour paints tubes or pans, watercolour paper, a round watercolour brush, size 6 and 8. This is a basic set of equipment but bring what you have and see how you get on.

Course aim

This course will enable a student to improve techniques . As a mixed level course you will see a range of abilities but we all have the same starting point. Range of 'lessons' include Colour mixing, wet-in wet technique and watercolour washes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone who wishes to learn more about watercolour painting and to mix in with others to take part fully in the class.

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

  • Use watercolour with confidence
  • Know about papers, paints and other equipment. Apply paints with knowledge of the materials.
  • Improve on composition- make bolder images, showing better design and proportion
  • Get to know the work of other artists by visiting an exhibition.

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?

  • 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You need to supply your own materials.

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

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Watercolour Painting for All


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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