Animals In Art

Ref: C3670816

To explore a wide range of Art, from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, which depicts animals in different ways & for different purposes. In considering how animals have provided such diverse inspiration for artists, examples will be placed in their art historical & chronological context as well as socio-historical context. Themes will include the following: Horses, Dogs, Livestock, Lions/tigers/bears, Animal Kingdom (including a wide variety, such as squirrels, hares, birds, insects etc).

Course aim

To explore a range of Art which depicts animals in different ways & for different purposes, from a variety of periods in Art, & understand how animals have provided such diverse inspiration for artists.

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:

  • 1) To analyse a wide range of examples of paintings depicting animals
  • 2) To contribute to constructive discussion about the paintings
  • 3) To understand the backgrounds to the artists & the paintings produced
  • 4) To realise the extent of inspiration to artists, from the Renaissance to the 20th Century, from animals
  • 5) To consider the varying themes & their diversity, making comparisons & contrasts & relating them to the context of their production

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?

  • A notebook & pen may be of use for making notes

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
  • - A list of relevant background reading will be provided during the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • - Personal study - Visiting Art Galleries & exhibitions

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Animals In Art 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
  • 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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