Draw What You See

Ref: C3745961

The focus of this course is on learning to look in ways that will help you to relate your drawing more precisely to what you actually see, as opposed to ideas or assumptions about how things look. Through a series of short exercises, you will build step-by-step your experience and ability in relating ways of looking to various aspects of drawing. There will also be longer exercises, giving the opportunity to put the ideas taught into practice at more length and begin to put them together into more complete drawings.

Course aim

This course provides a basic introduction to drawing from observation through a series of drawing exercises aimed at developing the ability to relate looking to drawing.

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 for beginners

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

  • Approach drawing any subject with a clearer understanding of how to relate looking to drawing.
  • Use new skills in looking to make more accurate drawings.
  • Judge drawings for accuracy in order to modify and improve them as I go along.
  • Use charcoal and pencil to make drawings from observation.
  • Make use of line, shape and tone (light and shade) in constructing a drawing.

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
  • 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 will complete practical drawing exercises during every session. You will also be encouraged to make use of your learning to make further drawings between sessions if you wish. Ideas and resources to help you with this will be available on Canvas.

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 complete a series of drawing exercises during the classes and have the opportunity to share your drawings with your tutor - and with other students if you wish - for discussion and feedback.

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
  • A supply of cartridge paper, preferably in both A4 and A3 sizes. You will need several sheets of paper for each session. Pencils of varying hardness; B, HB, 2B, 5B would be a good range. Thin charcoal sticks, rag or cloth for wiping this and artists' fixative spray.

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

Draw What You See

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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