Concealing and Revealing: African Kings, Ancesters and Spirits

Ref: C2225396

In Africa there is no such thing as art for art’s sake! This course examines traditional and contemporary African art objects and the roles and functions that they fulfil within the communities that create them. We will discover that objects are not only vehicles for the display of wealth and status, but are imbued with royal, ancestral and spiritual powers that help to ensure the future prosperity and heath of society. Sessions will include an in-depth exploration of figurative sculpture, masks and masquerade, royal and shrine art and textiles. By the end of this course participants will gain a greater understanding of the arts and cultures of Africa and be familiar with a wide range of African artefacts.

Course aim

This course is designed to increase knowledge of African arts and cultures and to engender an appreciation and respect for the aesthetic values and ideologies that underpin art making in Africa.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify a number of specific African artworks
  • Correctly attribute African art works to a cultural group and geographic region
  • Correctly identify the media and methods of construction of African art works
  • Speak confidently about Africa arts and cultures
  • Apply what I have learned to African artefacts that I have not encountered during the course

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • You may bring objects from Africa with you for the class to identify and discuss

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Concealing and Revealing: African Kings, Ancesters and Spirits

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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