Day School: Double Vision Portraits

Ref: C3741141

The course will be in two parts. In the first part we will look at a range of double portraits from a variety of periods. We will explore the ways in which artists used the double portraits to explore the status, relationships and characters of those depicted. We will also discuss the significance and meaning of these works for those portrayed. In the second part we will look at double images of figure from classical mythology, for example Bacchus and Ariadne, and from biblical stories, for example David and Bathsheba and Judith and Holofernes. We will investigate ways in which the artists have explored these stories and the meanings they conveyed.

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

In this course we will study a range of double portraits in order to examine how artists are able to explore the often complex and sometimes intimate relationships between those depicted.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Analyse individual examples of double portraits using art historical language in order to explore their meaning.
  • Explain the subject matter and significance of the double images of characters from mythology and from the bible.
  • Describe ways in which the artists have explored the relationships between the figures depicted in the examples studied.
  • Identify the artistic, historical, political , social and religious context of the works chosen

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
  • Discussion and questions will be encouraged

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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 with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: Double Vision Portraits


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  • 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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