Aesthetics of Landscape: West Penwith
Students will interact with spectacular landscape, using orientation from basic aesthetic concepts and a painter's expertise to reflect together in guided group discussions and to express their insights, verbally or visually, within a supportive and open gathering.
Additional information about this course
There is the option to camp for the weekend at the North Inn, which has a campsite with toilet and shower facilities at a cost of £5.00 per night per person. Breakfast and evening meals are available at an additional cost (breakfast £6.00).
Enabling students to interact with landscape together, using basic aesthetic concepts, group discussions and presentations, verbal or visual, with guidance from a guest artist (painter), within a supportive and open gathering.
Who is the course for?
Anyone able to take part in activities involving moderate moorland walking
What topics will this course cover
Introduction to basic aesthetic concepts and how these may be applied to landscape and to different creative responses (writing/painting/drawing/sculpture...). Considering and examining the relationship between observer/artist and landscape. What basis is there for aesthetic judgements regarding particular places and landscapes? Practical opportunities for exploring new artistic and creative responses to landscape. Interpreting features of landscape to a small group, as a guide or as part of a presentation.
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. Apply basic aesthetic concepts to landscape. 2. Articulate and express aesthetic judgements regarding particular places and landscapes. 3. Explore new artistic and creative responses to landscape. 4. Interpret features of landscape to a small group, as a guide or as part of a presentation.
How will I know I'm making progress?
Your tutors will interact appropriately with you regarding this during discussions and other activities, or one-on-one, but you are encouraged to approach them if you are unsure of your progress. Other course members will be invited, in carefully structured debriefs, to engage in peer evaluation.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Clothing and footwear suitable for moorland walking. Any artist's materials which you regularly use and are suitable for use "in the field". A notebook and pen/pencil. A sketchbook or pad of whatever size you feel comfortable with. One activity, suitable for even absolute beginners, involves Indian ink. If you wish to participate actively in this, please bring a small bottle of Indian ink.
Reading and information sources
No, but reference will be made to Roger Scruton's "Beauty: A Very Short Introduction".
What could the course lead to?
Other WEA courses relating to Art, Architecture and the Environment
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This course is not available for online enrolment.
Please call 0845 4582758 to enquire about enrolling on this course.