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Drawing and Painting Courses

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Visual Arts

All our Drawing and Painting courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2017 and over only.

Please click on the Drawing and Painting course title in blue for more information and how to enrol.

Daytime & Evening Drawing and Painting Courses

Creative Arts: Painting, Drawing & Mixed-Media 

This Level 2 certificated course is an exciting opportunity to develop your visual arts practice through personalised portfolio projects. The course starts with an extensive exploration of media and materials through drawing, and then leads in to thematic development of personal projects in a professional context. The course culminates in an exhibition organised by the group.

Art History through Painting (Mixed Level)

This course is a very good first step into learning more about the history of Art where you will be taught how to create, interpret, discuss and review specific works of Art from key movements and artists within them. Each 10 week course will focus on a different movement in art history so you may start at any time of year with the opportunity to continue learning further.

Botanical Drawing & Painting (Mixed Level)

On this course you will take inspiration from natural forms, develop technical skills of drawing, painting, colour mixing and tonal judgement and explore free ways to interpret the natural world thorough different media. Sessions may include drawing, watercolour, oil painting, acrylic painting, printmaking and ink.

Check out some lovely examples of work from the botanical painting and drawing class with Tutor Sophie Kemp.

Contemporary Drawing and Painting – with Visits

This course will get you out to some of the many free contemporary art exhibitions in London, with alternate weeks in the studio developing your own art projects. These need not be directly inspired by what you see, but informed by a broader understanding of the contemporary context.

Creative Collage & Mixed Media (Mixed Level) 

Mixed media is all about exploring discovering and experimenting with media, techniques and materials beyond the traditional paint and pencil (although we use them as well).  Taking inspiration from contemporary artists and practitioners you will learn how to be more expressive with media and processes to develop a range of interesting and innovative 2D art work. Themes are suggested but you can also work from your own personal inspiration.

Drawing & Painting in the Art Room and Beyond with Visits (Mixed Level)

You will spend alternate weeks drawing and painting in the studio, and in visually interesting publicly accessible buildings and spaces around London.
You will draw ‘in the real world’ and explore ways to develop your drawings and painting into personal projects using a variety of approaches and supported by an experienced tutor.

Drawing Skills & Techniques (Mixed Level)

This course is the course for you if you are wanting to learn to draw or improve your drawing skills.

You will be taught a range of different drawing techniques and materials and have the opportunity to develop your skills. Topics covered include mark making, perspective, observational still life, portraiture, and landscape.

Life Painting 

This course is an excellent opportunity to develop good observational skills in painting from a life model, representing the figure in line, tone, light and shadow. You will also have the opportunity to work in a more expressive may with paint and explore colour more extensively.
You will develop and extend different techniques during the course and you will be shown examples from artists’ works to inspire and support your learning. You will work alongside others in a mutually supportive and friendly atmosphere.

Life Drawing (Mixed Level)

This course is an excellent opportunity to develop good observational skills in drawing from a life model, representing the figure in line, tone, light and shadow.
You will develop and extend different techniques using a variety of art materials (beginners and advanced) and you will be shown examples from artist works to inspire and support your learning. You will work alongside others in a mutually supportive and friendly atmosphere.

Life Drawing Taster (Mixed Level)

This is a half day opportunity to try out life drawing and see if it is a course you would like to do for a full term. Life drawing is an excellent opportunity to develop good observational skills by rendering the figure in line, tone, light and shadow. Life drawing is also a highly focused activity and allows for a period of calm and concentration in your day, an opportunity to focus on just one thing for a period of time is cited as a huge benefit of the class by our past classes.

Observational Painting (Mixed Level)

On this course you will be introduced to the basic principles and methods of painting and use of colour. It will help improve your work and confidence in the company of other people.
This course is for those who want to learn some basic principles to start painting and begin to develop their skills. Taught in a supportive studio environment, you will be guided through fundamental ideas and methods of painting; how to mix and apply colours; begin to describe a range of subjects and start to develop your own ideas.

Portraiture   

Working with the life model, you will be introduced to various different drawing and painting methods for portraiture. You will be supported to develop technical drawing and accurate proportions, methods of planning through to more expressive painterly techniques, as appropriate to developing a personal approach.

Watercolour Skills & Techniques (Mixed Level) 

This course is a very good first point for discovering the art of using watercolours in both traditional and none traditional ways. You will explore different ways of painting and drawing through using water based media on paper, critically looking at various ideas and concepts that are used to create still life images, landscapes and general sceneries both observed and imagined.

Still undecided? Take a look at some of the work from our past learners here: watercolour learner work

Imagination in Art (Mixed Level)  

Using your imagination as your guide and taking inspiration from artists like Chagall, Nolde, Peter Doig, you will be invited to produce images and forms inspired by your own mind.
In the class we will experiment with various 2D and 3D techniques that can be used to really allow your expressive self to emerge in visual form.
You will have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively from a variety of starting points, ranging from music to meditation.

Imagination in Art Taster (Mixed Level) 

This course is an opportunity to try out one of WMCs new expressive and creative arts courses for a full day before deciding to enrol.
Using your imagination as your guide, you will be invited to produce images and forms inspired by your own mind.
In the class we will experiment with various 2D and 3D techniques that can be used to really allow your expressive self to emerge in visual form.

Life Drawing (Studio Practice)

The course will cover all fundamental life-drawing principles. These will centre around three main areas: the bone structure of the body, the building of the body’s form and the placing of the form in space.

These areas will be explored by observing the nude figure, the clothed figure, the figure in action and the portrait. Further understanding will be underpinned by frequent visual references made to relevant periods in art history.

Art History Through Practice – WMC Founders (Mixed Level) 

This course is an opportunity to study the work of WMC Founders William Morris (1834-1896), and John Ruskin (1819-1900).  Morris and Ruskin were not only influential in their own time, but their legacy regarding adult education and design remains alive and important today. This course offers a chance to learn more about their work and lives as well as explore the practical techniques and methods they used.

Saturday Oil Painting (Mixed Level)

On this course you will learn the essentials of oil painting – how to manage the palette, control colour blending, what mediums to use to alter the handling qualities of the paint, and useful techniques such as glazing, couching, tonking, and bistre.

Saturday Portraiture (Mixed Level)

Working with the life model the group will be introduced to two different methods of portraiture – drawing using the key proportions of the face and painting with acrylics to achieve a modelled, tonal effect. Reference will be made to Rembrandt’s portraits.

Saturday Principles of Colour (Mixed Level)

On this course you will get hands-on experience of applying the principles of colour to painting. Colour theory will be discussed however the emphasis of the course will be practical. You will learn to make the most of colour, achieve colour harmonies and use neutral colours as well as bright colours.

Saturday Watercolour (Mixed Level)

This course is a very good first point for discovering the art of using watercolours. You will explore different ways of painting and drawing through using water based media on paper, critically looking at various ideas and concepts that are used to create still life’s, landscapes and general sceneries.