Watercolour, Acrylic & Inks

This course will be delivered online.

This course will enable you to experiment with a variety of water-based mediums, exploring different approaches to both drawing and painting. Subjects and styles will be investigated to stimulate your ideas as well as discussions on artists whose work may relate to particular projects. You will be encouraged to develop a personal approach to making art that is both creative, informed and imaginative.

Course Content

Course aims:

• You will explore and demonstrate a range of approaches and techniques to working with water-based mediums
• You will explore, investigate and discuss artists and styles relating to particular exercises and projects.
• You will learn to use a variety of different water-based mediums [Acrylic, watercolour, ink etc] and investigate their potential for drawing and painting.
• To develop a personal project using water-based mediums.

You will be introduced to a variety of water-based media including inks, acrylics and watercolour and will be be encouraged to experiment with different techniques and methods. From demonstrations and discussions you will develop a broad knowledge of potential approaches to your work, gaining confidence and skills.

The course is suitable for beginners looking to experiment with different techniques and those with more experience seeking to develop a personal direction in their work. Classes will be informed by fine art reproductions (cards and books) and informal discussions on current exhibitions.

Instruction includes: drawing and waterbased painting techniques, exploring colour, planning composition, selection and interpretation of subject matter, some mixed media explorations.

Teaching methods include: practical demonstrations, practical hands on experience, exchanging ideas and experience with others, keeping a sketchbook, looking at the work of inspirational artists, formal instruction, individual tuition, personal and group critiques.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

This course is open to both beginners and those with some experience.

First Class Requirements

Please bring any basic drawing materials you already own to your first session. Paper is available to buy at the college.

At the start of the course the tutor will give you advice about buying materials and provide you with a materials list

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is beneficial.

Assessment Methods

Informal group critiques. Informal tutor and self-assessment of the work in progress.

Further Study Options

Depending on your development, you might wish to consider our higher-level Fine-Art courses.

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

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