Art: Finding Interest in the Mundane

Ref: C3744482

This course is currently full.
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Sometimes you will find yourself stuck for inspiration for your landscapes and reject photos you have taken for references, thinking they may not be any use. This course will show you ways of finding and creating interest in scenes that might at first glance look boring. You will study composition, focal point, tone, colour, the weather/light and add figures. Subjects will be diverse: from countryside to urban scenes and buildings; man made structures to people.

Course aim

This course will help you adapt your own references (photos or sketches) to produce a more interesting painting. It will also teach you to look at subject matter in a different way.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • It would be useful to have a phone/ tablet or computer to receive weekly emails with details on what you need to bring to each lesson. Sometimes you will be sent reference material as a PDF which you may view via your tablet/phone in the lesson or you can request to have it printed for you.

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

  • crop a reference image to make a better composition
  • change the tone or colour to make the painting more interesting
  • alter the weather or light source to improve the painting
  • introduce a figure or figures to create a focal point
  • look beyond the obvious when taking photos or sketches for reference material in the future. (I will be aware of looking at shapes, composition, tone etc at the point of finding reference material for my paintings.)

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
  • The tutor will teach the group as a whole as well as individually in every lesson.

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
  • The tutor will give individual help and feedback throughout the lesson as well as discussions with the whole group.

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 be using a varity of drawing and painting materials and you will be expected to provide these. The tutor will notify you each week what you might need. You will be able to chose to work in your prefered medium.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be useful to bring photographs that YOU have taken (not photos from magazines, nor other people's paintings to copy) or sketches that you would like to work up into paintings. A list of potential subject matter will be sent to you once you are on the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Art: Finding Interest in the Mundane

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This course is currently full.
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Waiting List 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

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