Saturday Lecture: Art Appreciation - Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Ref: C2418518

To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, this course looks at his artistic legacy as commemorated by composers and artists

Additional information about this course

No concessions are available for Saturday Lectures.

Course aim

This course aims to celebrate the artistic legacy of William Shakespeare through music and art with a view towards greater appreciation and enhanced enjoyment of concert and/or gallery attendance.

Who is the course for?

Anyone with an active interest in art, music and or Shakespeare. (nb this is not a literature appreciation class)

What topics will this course cover

we will examine a different play or topic covered by Shakespeare via musical and /or painted reinterpretation Eg Romeo and Juliet as portrayed by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz Prokofiev and Bernstein or Hamlet as depicted by Pre Raphaelite artists

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Participate in critical discussion 2. Recognise and identify specific musical works 3. Recognise and identify specific paintings 4. Place Artworks in historical contexts 5. Experience enhanced enjoyment of gallery or concert attendance

How will I know I'm making progress?

Informal feedback on progress

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Pen and Paper

Reading and information sources

There are no set books for this course but Halls Dictionary of Symbols in Art is an extremely useful reference book, especially when dealing with Renaissance subjects. Spotify is an extremely useful website for further musical exploration. The Taschen series of books on individual artists offers excellent value for money with high quality colour reproductions of images.

What could the course lead to?

Further study in WEA

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Saturday Lecture: Art Appreciation - Brush Up Your Shakespeare Course Outline


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