Ballet Mechanique/Men and Machinery - Explorations in Printmaking

Ref: C3841884

This course is inspired by Fernand Leger's groundbreaking film Ballet Mecanique, a silent Da Da film which flashes over 300 shorts in less than 15 silent minutes, a complex cinematic metaphor bonding 'man and machine'. Expanding this idea further, the course aims to encourage students to make fusion design work exploring this concept. Through a series of photomontage and drawing workshops, students will be encouraged to make a creative response to their idea of 'man and machine'. These responses will be developed further in transfer, collagraph and monoprint printmaking processes.

Course aim

To encourage further engagement with the Fernand Leger exhibition at Tate Liverpool, providing deeper insight into his ideas and concepts; with the aim of developing your own ideas through drawing and printmaking.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • engage more fully with the Leger exhibition at Tate Liverpool
  • make a body of design work in photomontage which responds to the theme 'Man and Machine'
  • adapt and translate design ideas into printmaking experiments
  • use good practice in printmaking processes
  • make a final design printed response independently, applyting the print processes learnt

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Ballet Mechanique/Men and Machinery - Explorations in Printmaking


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