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Drawing and Watercolour Painting — Mixed Ability

Key course information

Art and Design


10 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

Have you always wanted to be able to draw and paint but feel you are only capable of drawing matchstick men? If so, help is at hand to enable you to conquer your inhibitions and to pick up your paint brushes and palettes with confidence.Our three-term course is designed to give you the confidence to produce artwork to be proud of! In the first two terms you will be introduced to a range of new skills: how to draw for the first time, how to give your drawings depth and breadth by capturing perspective, how to give them character by understanding tonal shading and colour mixing and how to create a context for your work by getting to grips with composition.Alongside these techniques, you will be introduced to watercolour paints and will gradually develop skills and medium until your first creations are ready for all to see. In the third term, you will develop your own rhythm of working and consolidate all you have learned guided by the lecturer.

female art student
female art student

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to equip you with the basic techniques of drawing and the confidence to apply them in working with watercolour paints.

On completion, you should be able to demonstrate you have developed basic drawing skills, demonstrate your ability to give your work depth and breath by capturing perspective give your work character by use of tonal shading and colour and also show you can create a context for your work by getting to grips with composition.

The topics that you will cover during the course are perspective tonal shading introduction to watercolour painting colour mixing composition and skill improvement and developing a portfolio.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course lecturer. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional Costs and Information

In view of COVID-19 please could learners bring their own brushes, pencils etc to avoid sharing wherever possible.

You should bring to the first session HB and 3B pencils and an eraser as well as a sketch pad. You will be required in due course to provide your own watercolour paints at an approximate cost of between £10.00 to £15.00, depending on price and quality.

Please do not purchase any paints until after the start of your class as lecturer will advise about these materials. However, If you already possess paint, you should bring them with you. You will also need a watercolour pad but please wait until you have been advised by the lecturer.

Please note that this course takes place at Bishopstrow Village Hall, Bishopstrow, Warminster BA12 9HN. There is no parking at the Village Hall. There is parking in the road leading to the Church opposite.

This course runs on one day per week at Bishopstrow Village Hall and the dates are:
14.09.20-23.11.20 Monday 13:30-15:30
11.01.21-29.03.21 Monday 13:30-15:30
26.04.21-12.07.21 Monday 13:30-15:30

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

You could enrol on the next term to further develop your artistic skills. There are a range of creative courses at Wiltshire College & University Centre that you may be interested in, which can be found on our website

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