Drawing and Watercolour Painting - Beginners
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About this course

Have you always wanted to be able to draw and paint but feel you are only capable of drawing matchstick men? If so, help is at hand to enable you to conquer your inhibitions and to pick up your paint brushes and palettes with confidence. Our three-term course is designed for complete beginners, giving you the confidence to produce artwork to be proud of! In the first two terms you will be introduced to a range of new skills: how to draw for the first time, how to give your drawings depth and breadth by capturing perspective, how to give them character by understanding tonal shading and colour mixing and how to create a context for your work by getting to grips with composition Alongside these techniques you will be introduced to watercolour paints and will gradually develop skills and medium until your first creations are ready for all to see. In the third term, you will develop your own rhythm of working and consolidate all you have learned under the caring eye of our tutor.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to equip you with the basic techniques of drawing and the confidence to apply them in working with watercolour paints.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate you have developed basic drawing skills
  • demonstrate your ability to give your work depth and breadth by capturing perspective
  • demonstrate you can give your work character by use of tonal shading and colour
  • demonstrate you can create a context for your work by getting to grips with composition.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Perspective
  • Tonal shading
  • Introduction to watercolour painting
  • Colour mixing
  • Composition
  • Skill improvement and developing a portfolio.
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.  There are no final qualifications associated with this course.


Additional costs and information

You should bring to the first session HB and 3B pencils and an eraser as well as a sketch pad. You will be required in due course to provide your own watercolour paints at an approximate cost of between £10.00 to £15.00, depending on price and quality. Please do not purchase any paints until after the start of your class as your tutor will advise about these materials. If you already possess paints, however, you should bring them with you. You will also need a watercolour pad but please wait until you have been advised by the tutor.

What could I do next?

You may be interested in enrolling on some of our other creative courses, such as Life Drawing and Painting in Acrylics. Other creative courses available at Wiltshire College include sewing, printmaking, creative writing, picture framing, upholstery and interior design.