Impressionism: Paint the Autumn

Ref: C2227637

This course will look at not only impressionism and how to paint in that style but we will also look at the impressionists who drove the movement forward. It is hard to argue that there is a better looking season than Autumn (other than the potential first Winter snow fall creating an untouched blanket of white). Autumn scenes offer golden browns, crisp greens, and a host of ever changing scenery. We will be looking at taking the stunning scenes of this glorious season and applying them to paper or canvas in an impressionist style. Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that typically focuses on small yet visible brush strokes, open composition, and the depiction of light in its changing qualities, hence why Autumn fits so well with this style of art. Even if you are an absolute beginner this course is still completely open to you and you'll have fun along the way.

Course aim

This course will look creating Impressionism style paintings of the Autumn offering tips and techniques to help improve your paintings. Suitable for beginners and intermediate artists.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explain how light works to make things look the way they do, and how to translate that into your paintings
  • Explain the value of brushwork. So much can be said with so few brushstrokes.
  • Explain Impressionism and why it is so powerful
  • Recognise Impressionists and their artwork that helped lead the 19th century art movement
  • Apply all of these concepts to let my own personal style develop

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This course is fully online. Accessed via Canvas and run on Zoom. You will need a reliable internet connection, a device connected to the internet, a camera and microphone. You will be emailed links to Canvas and Zoom so please accept these to access the course. The sender will show as "instructure"

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Paper (preferably artist grade paper) or Canvases Paints (preferably oils and acrylics) Paintbrushes Pencils

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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

Download full course information sheet

Impressionism: Paint the Autumn

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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