Art and the Landscape of Yorkshire

Ref: C3679860

Whilst the subject of landscape has been familiar and celebrated in art for centuries, the Yorkshire landscape has captured the imagination of well-known artists from different periods, using various media and approaches, including JMW Turner, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and John Piper. This online, welcoming and discursive course will explore familiar practitioners from a range of backgrounds, eras and disciplines as well as lesser-known figures and more marginalised practices. You will have the opportunity to develop your appreciation of a range of visual approaches to the landscape and to introduce and present artists and works relating to this subject which you find interesting. We will explore the notion of a sense of place alongside the arts infrastructure and broader social, cultural and political concerns within Yorkshire. We will further compare and contrast interpretations and discuss Yorkshire landscapes alongside the wider landscape genre of European art.

Course aim

To offer an introduction to appreciating art which responds to the Yorkshire landscape in an online, group setting. We will identify and analyse artists and works from various contexts and media, within a broader social and cultural context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify at least 3 different approaches to the Yorkshire landscape in art and visual culture
  • Describe the physical characteristics and techniques of at least 3 examples Yorkshire landscape art and suggest how these characteristics affects the work's visual appeal
  • Discuss wider influences which inform particular responses to the Yorkshire landscape including art networks, collections, social, political & historical contexts; as well as artistic influences and personal matters
  • Situate examples of Yorkshire landscape art within the broader context of the landscape in Western art, considering changing perceptions and values
  • Participate in constructive discussions with other students online, to compare interpretations, opinions and greater understand works of art and their contexts

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need: An internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam to use our video learning platform, Zoom. A personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas - to receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Art and the Landscape of Yorkshire

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This course is funded by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and only applicable postcode areas are permitted to enrol.

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 2021
  • 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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