Art Appreciation: Gallery Visits

Ref: C2419145

London's museums and galleries provided an infrastructure for art to flourish in the nineteenth century. Learn more about the artworks, museum gallery architecture, the making of grand collections and philosophical, political, cultural and philanthropic causes they championed. During this popular ten week course, we will visit a different museum gallery each week to look at and talk about a selection of artworks on show to learn more about the institutions in which they are exhibited and their wider cultural context. Beginning in the Sainsbury wing of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, the course covers as standard the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate Britain. Other museum galleries included are subject to change due to the group's interest and or building works within the institutions themselves which sometimes means collections are not accessible.

Course aim

To learn more about the history, art and architecture of 10 public art museum galleries in London and how they form an artistic infrastructure of art for the nation.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for everyone, for people of all cultures, ages and interests, from complete beginners in art to those with greater knowledge. A friendly, inclusive and supportive group with a great interest in art and having fun!

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

  • Understand more about museum galleries and their role in helping the arts to flourish in the nineteenth century.
  • Discuss art with greater confidence.
  • Negotiate museum galleries in London and elsewhere with real knowledge and greater confidence.
  • Research aspects of artworks and present your findings to others (optional)
  • Discuss museum galleries and their artworks with like minded people from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Volunteer for guide training in a museum galleries. Write a diary or online blog of art history. Start an art appreciation group.

Download full course outline

Art Appreciation: Gallery Visits 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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