Ref: C2419207

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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Name and describe some of periods in Picasso's career
  • Identify and analyse some of Picasso's most significant works
  • Assess and discuss Picasso’s place in the history of modern art, and identify relationships with other artists
  • Follow-up individual interest through independent research

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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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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