Christmas Paintings with Bob Moulder

Ref: C2345528

Throughout much of art history, scenes from the Nativity have been a staple theme for artists producing altarpieces, church frescoes, as well works for private collectors. While the focus has generally been on the uplifting nature of the story of Jesus's birth, artists have also explored darker and more enigmatic aspects of the Nativity. This one-day course will explore and debate a range of interpretations with students having the opportunity to source their own examples.

Course aim

This session will look at how artists throughout history have explored and used the story of Nativity, from the famous, to the obscure, to the mysterious and enigmatic.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in art and culture, but no particular prior knowledge is required.

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

  • Describe the key elements involved in paintings of the Nativity such as the Adoration of the Shepherds or the Magi
  • Identify and describe at least two Nativity paintings that display more unusual elements or characteristics and what these might mean
  • Research and present an example of a Nativity painting
  • Form an opinion as to the relevance of Nativity paintings today

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The session will involve some research online where students can work individually or in pairs. Computer devices will be available, but students can bring their own devices

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Christmas Paintings with Bob Moulder

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