Art Appreciation

Ref: C2523544

Throughout history art has been categorised into themes and movements to help us understand its place and relevance. Art has always incorporated new techniques and technologies as it has developed. This course explores how this has affected what it aims to present and how various artists and themes have impacted and influenced each other. We will discuss whether art today is trying to communicate and replicate the same ideas as in the past or forge new paths of enquiry. We will also look at art depicting urban and industrial areas, and how this has effected a younger generations understanding of the past.

Course aim

Sessions aim to introduce learners to a broad range of artists and themes, exploring current North East exhibitions to enhance the experience of viewing and understanding art.

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:

  • Recognise a variety of art movements and their influence on art.
  • Analyse a range of British & International artists through key works.
  • Identify relevant contexts and cultural changes affecting art practice.
  • Feel confident to express their own opinions and views about art.
  • Practice the understanding of art with interactive sessions.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Art Appreciation


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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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