How will this course benefit me?
The course enables learners to explore and develop their artistic ability in order to gain confidence when developing personal ideas and practical skills.
What are the entry requirements?
The course is particularly suitable for learners who have gained some experience and are keen to develop personal ideas. Learners will be expected to follow the course programme and attend regularly and on time to ensure progression.
What will I learn?
This course will help you initiate, develop and realise your ideas in drawings and paintings.
You will be able to explore your ideas through discussion with your tutor who can also advise on starting points, themes and how to gather and use reference material.
The tutor will provide technical advice on drawing materials/techniques such as pencil, charcoal, felt tip and wash, oil pastel transfer and resist. Painting materials/techniques will include water-based media such as watercolours, gouache and acrylics.
How will the course be delivered?
The sessions may include tutor presentations, tutorials and practical activities with the class as a whole although the key focus is on individual exploration.
While the emphasis is on individual development you will gain much from discussing and sharing work and ideas with other members of the group and this is important to the ethos of the class.
If you do not have an on-going project which you can continue to work on at the start of the course, it would be a good idea to bring some small objects to draw (pencils and paper too) just to get started.
How will my learning be assessed?
Please be prepared to bring samples of your work such as sketchbooks, drawings and small paintings in the first few sessions to help provide the tutor and class with some insight into your experience and interests.
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor who will assess you continually and informally.
An Individual Learning Plan will help you monitor your progress and reach your targets.
What are the extra costs?
As learners will be working with personally selected materials, you will be required to supply all of your own materials and equipment.
What can I progress to next?
To any specialist art course within the Institute, e.g. watercolour painting, pottery or photography, as well as art courses in further education.
Health & safety requirements?
Health and safety is extremely important and learners are asked to bring materials that they have confirmed are non-hazardous/low risk. Further information and expectations will be provided by the tutor. Please wear old clothes as using various different media can be messy.