Art - Practical: Continuing Abstract Art

Ref: C3843949

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A practical and thoughtful course based around the examination of visual language and the exploration of ideas. Students carry out their own explorations into abstract art under the guidance of the tutor, whilst benefiting from group discussions, practical activities, a gallery visit, etc.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To enable those with some experience of abstract art to work as part of a friendly and hardworking group, in order to share experiences and difficulties, as a way of exploring and developing individual abstract/semi-abstract work.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • If you think you are a beginner but would like to try the course, ask to speak to the tutor to discuss whether it is suitable for you or not.

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

  • Work from self-chosen and tutor-led themes as sources of abstract/semi-abstract images
  • Make a study of one or more known artists, and link chosen artist's work in some way to your own work, via visual links, ideas, or approaches
  • Explore a range of mediums and possibly disciplines (eg print-making, 3D work, working with textiles /fibres, etc)
  • Use sketchbook in a creative way to explore and develop ideas
  • Develop ability to evaluate own and others' work

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
  • Students will also be able to learn from each other by sharing and discussing ideas and practices. Whether you work on your project during the week is up to you: some people have the time, others are too busy, but get down to work in the sessions.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring your own materials (any medium) and tools - as a minimum, please bring a sketchbook and something to draw and possibly paint with. Also, bring sketchbooks/ ideas as source materials if you can, but don't worry if you can't, as the tutor will help you start.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Visit as many galleries and exhibitions as possible, especially of good quality Modern and contemporary art (not necessarily confined to these). If you can't get to see the real thing, look at books and catalogues with good quality reproductions.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Art - Practical: Continuing Abstract Art

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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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