Day School: The Art of Fresco Painting

Ref: C3741102

The study day provides an introduction to the art of fresco from classical antiquity through medieval painting in Western Europe to Renaissance masterpieces. Style and technique , content and function will be considered by focussing on works such as the frescoes of Pompei, Giotto’s works in Padua Mantegna ‘s paintings in Mantua and Raphael’s Stanze in the Vatican Palace.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To examine the art of fresco painting through a selection of masterpieces, in order to understand its function and popularity from classical antiquity to the Renaissance period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain the technique of fresco painting by using correct terminology
  • Give two reasons for the popularity of fresco painting
  • Examine some of the works studied during the day in a critical manner

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A short reading list will be provided at the start of the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: The Art of Fresco Painting


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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