Colour In Art

Ref: C2419585

With the short course we will continue our exploration of colour in the visual arts. We will first perfect our skills at talking about the chromatic aspects of a work of art using specific terms. You are strongly encouraged to bring to the first session reproductions of your favorite works of art so we can discuss their colours. The following week we will look into the history of a selection of pigments, revolving around two main colours: red and green. We will also consider colour in Ancient Egypt and in the arts of other civilisations: the pigments used and the symbolism attributed to colours. Finally we will do a group visit in order to appreciate and discuss the colours of works or art 'in situ'.

Course aim

This course explores different facets of the colour phenomenon in visual arts

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Speak with greater confidence about the colours of a work of art
  • Recount the story of specific pigments
  • Talk about the symbolic meaning attributed to colours

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
  • We will do a class visit to a gallery (probably the National Gallery, TBC)

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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Colour In Art


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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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