Art across centuries and cultures - a comparative study

Ref: C3528602

The course will explore common themes and subject matter, across the whole of art history in Western and non-Western art. This will cover issues, such as the impact of new pigments, media and colour theories; different approaches to the creation of space in paintings, the treatment of the human figure in religious and secular art, approaches to landscape and objects; the meaning and purpose of art in different cultures.

Course aim

To explore the ways artists in different centuries and cultures responded to themes, such as the use of colour, the creation of space, the human figure, landscape, objects, etc.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the social, cultural and political context in which different styles of work were produced.
  • Understand the impact different media, methods and processes had on the work produced in different centuries and cultures.
  • Understand the different purposes for which art was produced in different centuries and cultures.
  • Understand the different ways artists responded to formal elements such as line, space, colour, form and texture in different centuries and cultures..

How will I be taught?

  • Each session will consist of a slideshow of works of art, with accompanying handouts and notes used as a focus for discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • There will be no formal assessment apart from the Learner Record Form. Informal assessment will be based upon individual’s contribution and involvement in discussions and question and answer sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Sturgis & Clayton Understanding Paintings: Themes in art Explored and Explained Ernst Gombrich 'The Story of Art' Phaidon Books

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Art across centuries and cultures - a comparative study Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

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