Art and Mindfulness

Ref: C2421739

Introduction to drawing and painting techniques; Drawing with a range of drawing materials such as pastels charcoal, and painting with watercolour. Start a fresh with art or improve your art practice. Come and join a group of people online and enjoy making art with time to relax and reflect, making art from observation and imagination in a mindful way. There will also be materials and links to demonstration video to watch between sessions and a place to post your art work on line for feedback. You will be able to email the tutor for guidance through the canvas inbox as well. Bring some art work you've made this summer along to the course with you by putting this in the introduce yourself discussion. It would be great to see what inspires you and what your art experience is.

Course aim

An introduction to art skills and improving your well-being by relaxing and enjoying using colour through drawing and painting. Let your imagination go to remember things to draw or be inspired by drawing from observation from what is around you.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • 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: and
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Become more mindful of colour and light contrasts in your environment. Be able to use drawing and painting skills for your own independent work either from observation or imagination.
  • Be able to draw a basic outline of an object or natural forms like trees
  • Be able to make something look 3 Dimensional through using a contrast of light and shade on things. Using tonal contrast.
  • You will begin to use watercolour painting techniques and improve use of colour and paint handling and mixing your own colours.
  • Relax and reflect through looking at other artists' work and natural forms to inspire your own art work

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:
  • 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 record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • Sketchbook or loose paper. A4, A3 sketch pads one of pastel or sugar paper. Some watercolour paper. 300gms weight. Pencils HB, 2B, 5B. Charcoal or conte Chalk Pastels Watercolour paints & Palette Synthetic or nylon watercolour brushes of different sizes ,sponge Pen & Ink, pen. a Apron,

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
  • Please fill in the learning quizz in the introduction to the course on canvas. You can log on to canvas and make an account for yourself. For this you will need to make and keep a note of your sign in password.

What can I do next?

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Art and Mindfulness


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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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