This informal and supportive, course is for Absolute Beginners or Returners to Art, to explore the visual world by beginning to develop drawing & painting skills through a variety of quick fire and longer exercises. Using a variety of media including: Pencil, Biro, Charcoal and Paints, you will be encouraged to develop ideas within your sketchbook.
This course is suitable for absolute beginners and those returning to art after a long break. An open mind and interest in learning more about drawing and painting by practice is all you need.
During this course, you will:
Spend time in the studio experimenting with a variety of techniques and materials via creative exercises; record any visual research over the 5 weeks (in provided sketchbooks) and develop personal project work in drawing & painting; extend your range of techniques and strategies in drawing using a wide variety of drawing media and be introduced to the first step, basics of painting in watercolour & acrylics. You will be introduced to the work of 5 x established artists (one per week via Powerpoint). You will evaluate your own and others work as well as evaluating the results through informal friendly discussion and feedback from both your tutor and the group. The tutor will introduce the subject using demonstrations and presentations and then work with students 1-1 to make sure they understand and learn at their own pace. As the course progresses, the tutor will discuss with students individually how they would like to develop and personalise their work during the course and will tailor advice to suit. Your experienced tutor will set simple visual exercises in the studio and to be completed at home, as well as help to develop your drawings & painting into personal projects beyond the course.
Teaching and Learning Methods
The teaching and learning methods are practical work and discussion with reference to the Smartboard for displaying work of established artists. Resources used within each lesson are available for learners online. The college has an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year and your tutor will make you aware of these and your participation is both welcomed and encouraged. While there is no formal homework; your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, or websites and books for you to use to enrich your study.
An open mind to trying out a variety of exploratory techniques is essential.
No work outside the sessions is required. However, the college has an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year. Your tutor will make you aware of these and your participation is welcomed and encouraged.While there is no formal homework; your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, or websites and books for you to use to enrich your study.
There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor and in written form at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course, but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Qualification you will achieve
There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.