Art Appreciation

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Throughout history art has been categorised into themes and movements to help us understand its place and relevance. Art has always incorporated new techniques and technologies as it has developed, has this affected what it aims to present and its purpose? This course explores how various artists and themes have impacted and influenced each other. Discussing whether art today is trying to communicate and replicate the same ideas from the past or forge new paths of enquiry.

Course aim

Sessions aim to introduce learners to a broad range of artists and themes, exploring current North East exhibitions to enhance the experience of viewing and understanding art.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Art & the 'Nude' - How have artists portrayed the human body throughout history? Art & Representation - Do artists represent the world they need to? Art & Politics - How does art become political? Art & the Everyday - How have artists documented the 'everyday'?

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1.Recognise a variety of art movements and their influence on contemporary art. 2.Analyse a range of British & International artists through key works. 3.Identify relevant contexts and cultural changes affecting art practice. 4.Feel confident to express their own opinions and views about art.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Group discussion and peer feedback will form an important aspect of the learning. Monitoring learner progress through Q & A, promoting independent research and presenting findings to the class.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Pen and paper/notebook. Learners may want to bring in books/images that they want to discuss and are relevant to the course. Gallery visits will form part of the sessions to view artworks first-hand.

Reading and information sources

Course reading and preparation is not essential. Learners may want to bring in images for group discussion.

What could the course lead to?

Other WEA Art related courses including practical art and craft courses. GCSE Art & Design courses

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Art Appreciation Course Outline


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