Study Day: 18th Century Paintings & Prints: Public narratives.

Ref: C3125519

The study day will focus attention on a selection of paintings and prints from the eighteenth century and will discuss how they are made and who they are made for. One of the themes during the day with be the relationship between different systems of value and public narratives. Examples include paintings and prints by Hogarth, Goya and William Blake, and paintings by Jacques-Louis-David. There will be the opportunity to consider and enjoy a range of paintings and prints that include Hogarth's Marriage A-la-Mode, Goya's Caprichios, Blake's Jerusalem and David's Oath of the Horatii and related works.

Course aim

To provide a vocabulary to describe specific eighteenth century paintings and prints and to enhance recognition of the functions involved in the production of work from the period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Begin to use a basic vocabulary to describe visual works of art;
  • Begin to recognise the functions behind the production of artefacts in particular periods;
  • Begin to recognise traits of a period style from the works discussed;
  • Begin to identify extrinsic snd intrinsic content of a visual work;
  • Begin to recognise aspects of the historical context for a visual work in the period discussed.

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?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Study Day: 18th Century Paintings & Prints: Public narratives.


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