European Art 1500-1900

Ref: C3671421

This course aims to encourage students to explore different periods of art and to become more familiar with the works of a range of artists. Each session will look at a different era from the Renaissance to the Impressionists. Themes and styles will be explored in the presentations and in group work where students will have a chance to look in more detail at the work of individual artists. There will also be the option for students to carry out their own research if they wish to do so. Group work will also be an aspect of the course where students can talk to each other about their own ideas and reactions to specific artists and paintings.

Course aim

This course will introduce students to European artists and different artistic styles. Their works reflect turbulent periods of history, new ideas and a mirror of the world that surrounded them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Have a broader understanding of the art history of Europe and the different periods of art.
  • Feel more confident about looking at paintings.
  • Feel more confident about sharing your own views about a work of art with others.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • 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

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European Art 1500-1900


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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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