History of Art in 100 Portraits

Ref: C3840490

This course will look at the history of art through the genre of portraits, concentrating on painting, and ranging in time from early Renaissance to late 20th Century, including artists such as Durer, Velazquez, Courbet, van Gogh, and Picasso. The course will take place in the wonderful setting of Manchester Art Gallery.

Additional information about this course

Come along to Manchester Art Gallery and study the History of Art in 100 portraits. The course looks at portraits by artists from the mid 15th century (1434, Jan van Eyck) to the present day (2011, Dumas) and includes works by Durer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Matisse to name but a few.

Course aim

To look at, and discuss, the history of art through portraiture, focusing in detail on the artists and their subjects, as well as the historical context.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

We will look closely at portraits, the artists who created them, and the historical context, concentrating mainly on painting.

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. Have greater knowledge of the history of portraiture 2. Gain knowledge of significant advances in painting 3. Develop knowledge of the broader historical context in which the art was made.

How will I know I'm making progress?

We will discuss the degree of progress and learning for individuals throughout the course.

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

Making notes is optional during presentations. No trips are planned for this course.

Reading and information sources

Further reading outside the course is encouraged, but not necessary.

What could the course lead to?

Any further study is up to the individuals - the tutor will help where necessary. The course could lead to further studying opportunities within WEA: history, practical art etc., or with other educational organisations such as local colleges or MAES.

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History of Art in 100 Portraits Course Outline

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