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Abstract Painting – Daytime

A practical introduction to abstract art, suitable for beginners and more experienced artists.

Who is this course for

A practical, term long, introduction to abstract art for beginners and more experienced artists, interested in the diverse range of styles and techniques abstract drawing and painting has to offer. Learners are welcome to bring their own ideas, inspiration or approaches to class at any point.

What does this course cover

The class will build on and reinforce ideas, while focussing on different aspects of abstract art. . There will be a series of projects themed around particular aspects of abstract painting, students will always be welcome to bring their own ideas and inspiration or approaches to classes at any point in the term.

By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Use a range of practical painting skills.
- Have confidence in handling materials, methods, techniques and exploring ideas.
- Be aware of the historical development of abstract painting.
- Develop strategies for working to a brief, including recording and developing ideas.
- Initiate, explore and develop an independent project.
- Have confidence in discussing own work and that of others.
Students will also be encouraged to keep a photographic record of work made each week and
to self-evaluate their own development, against the 'Outcomes' outlined above.

What will it be like

At the beginning of the course there will be a short questionnaire to establish each learner's personal starting point and any particular needs or aspirations they may have. This will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is very useful in helping the tutor to best help.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials will be supplied for the first session of each term. Students will be expected to supply their own materials for the remainder of the term. A full materials list will be given at the first session, but generally learners will need a basic set of acrylic paints and brushes, and so forth. Paper is free but students will be encouraged to work on canvas and other surfaces.
Total cost: £10 - £15 (Minimum)

Learners will also be encouraged to collect and find materials and objects to use in relation to their painting!

There will be no formal or required homework, although students will be encouraged and supported to work on their projects and ideas in their own time.

What this course could lead to

This course compliments further courses in Design, Glass, Painting, Photography & Textiles.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask your tutor.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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