Art and The Word

Ref: C2337904

There is a natural relationship between Art and Poetry. For centuries, art has inspired poets and poetry. The calligraphy they use is a visual art form, making a clear connection between the two art forms immediately. Students will discover a myriad of ways, ideas, and multimedia that explore creative expression and enquiry at the crossroads of poetry and visual art. These resources will motivate students to create visual artwork poetry, and compare and contrast similar themes across visual art and verse such as ekphrastic poetry, which is quite simply describing a work of art or something that we find aesthetically pleasing. Through a variety of techniques such as assemblage, print making, painting and mixed media students will develop their knowledge in a multi-sensory manner.

Course aim

This course is inspired by the strong relationship between the written word in poetry and art. Students will develop their knowledge of specific poetry and their own favourites and develop some thought evoking artwork related to this.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand the natural relationship between Art and Poetry.
  • Develop ways to explore creative expression through poetry in visual art forms
  • Develop drawing, painting, assemblage and collage skills.
  • Work on composition skills and present these in varying ways.
  • Frame, curate and exhibit their artwork collectively.

How will I be taught?

  • 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Art and The Word Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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