Further Watercolour Painting

Ref: C3744475

Through contact with other students and by following a weekly challenge students should find this 10 week course interesting and fun. A wide variety of painting techniques will be used, with a different topic each week. Students are encouraged to ask for subjects to paint and techniques that they wish to learn about. usually everyone finds subject matter which suits them and I help them achieve better paintings by making suggestions for changes. there is always a selection of photocopies to use when you can not find your own image. generally people starting find it harder to select suitable subject matter so I often supply the starting points.

Course aim

This course provides ongoing tuition and advice for developing painters of watercolour. Beginners are welcome and can follow a personalized course to start with. Traditional techniques of washes will be taught, with pen and wash and layering colour.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone with the desire to paint better is welcome here. You will be supported and taught. Some prefer to have a lot of instruction and demonstrations -others like to be left alone. We cater for all.

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

  • Select a well chosen colour range and know the name of most paints. COLOUR
  • Use the right brushes and brush marks to get the best effect. BRUSH MARKS
  • Make good decisions about format and composition. COMPOSITION
  • Use a wider knowledge of other artist's work to improve your own ideas. CRITICAL STUDIES

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 be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • 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 will need to bring, watercolour paper A4 is the smallest/ A3 is suitable. Round soft brushes size 6 and 8. A basic set of good quality watercolours. eg. Cotman/ Aquafine/ Rembrandt. You need a 2B pencil and a rubber. Something to mix on- and a water pot.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could take part in local exhibitions. Join an Art Society. Make new friends and go to exhibitions with each other.

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Further Watercolour Painting

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This course is not available for online enrolment.


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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