Renaissance Art: Works In Detail

Ref: C3679569

Come and discuss Italian Renaissance art in this informal, welcoming, online course. Talk to other students and develop your understanding and appreciation of this much revered aspect of art history whilst critically analysing selected artworks. We will explore key artworks in detail, beginning with Botticelli's La Primavera, comparing with contemporary works, discussing contemporary writing, exploring techniques, subject matter and symbology whilst considering the context and purpose of production, including the influence of patronage and the artist's development. From here we will select further works to explore in detail and draw comparisons and contrasts among selected works, establishing artistic characteristics, themes and influences common in the Italian Renaissance, as well as establishing where artists' work differs. We will also consider wider responses, including how the wider appreciation of certain works has changed over time.

Course aim

To introduce Italian Renaissance art, building appreciation whilst building skills in visual analysis. We will approach Renaissance art through exploring key works in detail, considering messages, conventions, political and cultural influences.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the materials and physical characteristics of Renaissance art works - including types of paint, surfaces, colours and sculptural materials - and suggest how raw materials can affect possible outcomes
  • Discuss different artists' responses to similar subjects including biblical and mythological scenes, comparing and contrasting interpretations, symbology and techniques, considering how this impacts on the overall visual effect of individual works
  • Consider the purpose, patronage and intended location of selected art works, suggesting how these aspects can affect the work produced
  • Explain how the wider context of production can impact on individual works, including political, cultural, religious and historical backgrounds, as well as artistic influences, training and contemporary writing
  • Participate in constructive discussions with other students online, comparing interpretations and opinions, to greater understand works of art, their contexts, contents and influence

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • 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 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Renaissance Art: Works In Detail

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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