Art - Appreciation Seven More Pioneering Australian Artists

Ref: C2338905

Enjoy and examine the works of seven Australian artists who shaped the rise of Modern Art. Practice the art appreciation of their paintings while tracing their artistic journeys. Artists likely to include: Drysdale, Tucker, Nolan, Boyd, Nelson T, Possum, and Whiteley, with a special lesson on Aboriginal art.

Course aim

To explore great Australian painters from the 19th to 20th centuries who shaped the rise of Modern Art. To interpret and analyze art works in terms of their cultural context while at the same time understanding the artist's journey.

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:

  • Identify the styles of the artists covered.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the artist's cultural context and a basic knowledge of some of their well-known works.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the careers and lives of the painters represented.
  • Be able to analyze and appreciate 2 dimensional artworks (painting, drawing etc).
  • Increase your knowledge of basic terminology for describing and appreciating 2-dimensional art.

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
  • Slide presentation with handouts followed by pair work and group discussion.

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 are encouraged to share their impressions on artworks with other students and the tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • An optional bibliography will be circulated in the first class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • During the course the tutor will suggest useful background reading. This will include online resources. ‘Learning to Look at Paintings’ by Mary Acton, Published by Routledge, 2009, is a useful introduction, but by no means essential.

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

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Art - Appreciation Seven More Pioneering Australian Artists


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