An Art History Miscellany 2

Ref: C2523667

This Art History course presents the basics of understanding and interpretation or "reading" of paintings and related subjects, illustrated by the works of selected European artists from the later Middle Ages and Renaissance. The topics in art which will be explored, which have an emphasis on the Italian City States, include: Daily Life and Work; Italian Cities; War and Conflict; Italian Statuary and Effigies; and Reformation. The work of artists including Duccio, the Lorenzettis, Uccello, Perugino, Lucas Cranach the Elder and others will be examined and critically discussed by the group, aided by the Tutor.

Course aim

This 10-week course is for those interested in Art History. It presents the basics of understanding and interpretation or "reading" of paintings and related art, illustrated by the works of selected artists from 1300-1600.

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:

  • demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the broad historical context within which European art and culture developed 1300-1600;
  • have an appreciation of the context and relevance of the course topics within the main flows of European culture 1300-1600;
  • apply my knowledge and skills to comment relevantly and to take an active part in individual, small group and class discussions;
  • appreciate the use and assess the value of art historical and textual sources in order to achieve a balanced opinion and understanding of art media from the period 1300-1600;
  • use and assess the value of electronic sources as well as primary and secondary sources.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Printed hand-out materials will be provided where appropriate and helpful. A notebook would be useful to record points, questions and answers, as well as comments not covered in the hand-out material.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Dictionaries on art and artists, and art and symbolism, would be useful reference texts for home and class use and follow-up.

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/
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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An Art History Miscellany 2

Conditions

You can 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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