Art History: Picasso

Ref: C2419125

This course takes an in-depth look at the art and life of one of modern art’s most celebrated artists, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). We will follow a broadly chronological structure, from his arrival in Paris, through Cubism and Guernica, to the reinterpretations of the old masters in his late years. We will emphasise recurring themes, such as the relation between artist and model. As it will become clear his art was closely linked to his private life, which we will thus consider in our analyses. Beyond this autobiographical aspect, we will see that Picasso’s work is also connected with a broader context. Thus, we will study his art alongside the work of artists and poets such as George Braque, Henri Matisse, or André Breton. Eventually, we will question the myth that has formed around him: how did Picasso become the archetype of the modern artist?

Course aim

This course is an in-depth study of the art and life of Pablo Picasso.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

What topics will this course cover

- 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 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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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

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

- Nothing else is needed

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Art History: Picasso Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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