A Day of Aboriginal Art

Ref: C2338182

We will look at artwork done by the Aboriginal people of Australia, from anonymous cave paintings that are at least 50 thousand years old, to the large canvasses produced today by star artists whose work is selling on the international market for many thousands, if not millions, of dollars. And of course a lot in between. We will look at the themes that have moved these artists to produce their work and how closely they relate to their feeling for their homeland and ancestral history. We will look closely at the stylistic methods they use and have used (most famously the ''dots'') and then incorporate any or all of the above into our own artwork. This topic is one that all students of any level of ability or experience can benefit from, the themes are universal and easy to understand and the styles use do not require any previous level of expertise. What most of previous students have said is how relaxing this type of art-making is!

Course aim

To provide some basic themes and styles used by aboriginal artists over many millennia and enable you to make artwork informed by these.

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:

  • Recognize various types of Aboriginal art styles
  • Identify certain stylistic features of Aboriginal art-work
  • Demonstrate understanding of some of the cultural background behind the art-work
  • Produce art-work of my own using the themes, styles or both, of Aboriginal art-work.

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

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
  • Students may wish to share their work with other members of the group but that is entirely optional.

What else do I need to know?

  • There will be some materials/equipment available on the day but students should bring their own if they have them; please contact the Centre for details of drawing and painting materials that it will be useful to bring to use during the session.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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A Day of Aboriginal Art


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