Course overview

This is a five-week watercolour painting course for anyone wanting to learn and improve skills in observing and recording spring. You will learn how to draw and paint new flowers and blossoms in a spirit of optimism. Guidance and support is offered throughout the course to develop the art of noticing. You will also have the opportunity to connect with and support others in a small artistic community. No previous skills in watercolours or drawing are needed to join this group. This course is in collaboration with Devon Recovery Learning Community (DRLC) to support positive mental health and well-being in the community of Devon. This course is free to anyone coming as part of DRLC.

Course description

Learn about spring flowers, their colours and structure by recording their beauty in watercolour. A gentle course of observation and creativity led by local artist, community member and art tutor Mary Boreham who will demonstrate and guide you step by step to create your own watercolour paintings as spring emerges. By using a different flower each week, we will celebrate the start of the gardening year in all its fresh optimism.

Working and connecting with others in the community is an important aspect of this course and you will support each other to develop your observation and watercolour painting skills. This course is offered with the community organisation Devon Recovery Learning Community (DRLC) with support offered during each session for your wellbeing and positive mental health.

On this course, we will learn to:

·       Draw a flower with observation and accuracy;

·       Layer different colours of paint to produce the subtle and complex replication of nature;

·       Use a variety of paintbrushes to achieve different effects;

·       Learn to 'look' and 'see' with a critical eye;

·       Express views about your own painting and the work of others.

Enrol now through WEA website or calling WEA on 0300 303 3464.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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