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Fine Art short courses

Explore your creative side as our professional tutors guide you through a range of artistic techniques. Not only do you learn new skills and techniques, but you also work to briefs to produce pieces of art that you can truly be proud of.

Bookings can be made by clicking the 'Enrol on this course' button next to the detailed information for each course. Short courses that require an interview or are fully booked will divert to our enquiry page where you can register your details. Or contact us on 020 7297 7297 or e-mail info@waes.ac.uk. You can also drop in to one of our three centres for a chat about these or any of our other courses.

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Art History: The Renaissance (1420 - 1520)

Explore and discover the artistic and cultural production in Italy during the XVI century. This period saw innovations in architecture, painting, sculpture, ornamentation, mathematical perspective, and religious and secular visual and material culture. You will study a wide variety of art forms articulated to the cultural, social, and political contexts of the time that can help understand the impact that the period continues to have today.
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Art History: from Modern to Contemporary

Develop a critical exploration of the cultural, social and artistic processes in the period between 1850 and 2000. You will study and examine a wide range of historical conceptions of art and delve into the visual arts through the wider cultural and political contexts. Broaden your perspective on visual culture with special consideration given to the study of modern and contemporary art from around the world, with an emphasis on key points of tension.
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Botanical Drawing

Discover the pure and relaxing pleasure of capturing the beauty of a plant. Suitable for all levels, this course will give you the basics to create botanical drawings and watercolor paintings. Using a variety of plant specimens you will start by exploring drawing techniques (tonal sketching, composition) and creating an outline.
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Drawing and Painting - all levels

Explore the creative possibilities of drawing and painting. Increase confidence and learn a range of skills and techniques. Learn key drawing and painting elements; line, tone, value, colour relationships, perspective. Working from observation and looking, you will compose and structure drawings and paintings using a variety of media including acrylic paint, pencil and charcoal.
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Improve Your Drawing Skills

Take your drawings to the next level and explore key techniques and approaches including perspective, tone and colour. Combining essential theory with practical exercises, develop your observational skills and work from life as well as your imagination, working with graphite, charcoal and pastels.
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Improve your Printmaking

On this short course, you will improve your printmaking techniques including dry point on zinc plate. You will learn how to create your design on l plates and how to print multiples using a professional etching press.
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Introduction to Drawing and Painting

This course covers the skills required to create drawings and paintings carried out from observation and through visual enquiry. You will learn how to use art materials and processes and how to organise a pallet.
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Introduction to Printmaking

On this short course, you will learn an introduction to printmaking techniques including monotype, collagraph and linocut. This course is ideal for beginners wanting to learn the basics of these technique and who want to develop their art practise in new directions.
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Introduction to the History of Art

The history of art course will introduce you to a wide range of visual art, architecture and artefacts across different periods from ancient to contemporary times. You will study visual art from across the world; from Ancient Greek to Islamic architecture, from medieval to renaissance Europe, from international modernism to world diasporas (Caribbean, African, Latin American) and finally to contemporary world art.
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Learn the Basics of Drawing

Begin your drawing practice with this introduction to drawing that combines essential theory with practical exercises. Explore mark-making using different drawing media, quality of line, shape and measuring, working from observation and your imagination.
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Life Drawing for all levels

Practice and develop life drawing skills with guided exercises and expert tuition in a specialist art studio. Working from a nude model each week, you will explore methods and techniques of drawing in a range of media Ideal for both beginners and more experienced artists.
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Oil Painting for Mixed Levels

Exploring the unique qualities of oil paint through the use of different methods and techniques. This course, for mixed ability levels, allows the opportunity to create compositions through visual enquiry and close observation. Learn how to structure a pallet and mix colour values and tones that relate to a subject. Explore the application of thick and thin layers of paint and the importance of planning and structuring a composition.
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Printmaking Taster

On this taster session, you will learn to make a monotype print. This is created by rolling ink up or painting onto an acetate surface, then printed by hand pushing the paper on the acrylic sheet with a clean roller. This printmaking technique will give you plenty of ideas for future artwork, handmade postcards and wrapping paper.
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