Day School: Caravaggio - Master of Light and Dark

Ref: C3741204

In four sections this day school will introduce the work of Michelangelo da Merisi da Caravaggio to students. From his early years in Milan, to his rise to fame in the hot bed of counter reformation Rome, to his escape from that city as a possible murderer, to his untimely early death, this course will investigate his extraordinary ability to bring religious and classical themes to life. His methods and techniques will be investigated, notably his ability to create drama and theatre through the treatment of light and shade, and his use of every day characters and themes will be discussed in detail.

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

This course aims to introduce students to the revolutionary paintings of the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio with a view to better understanding his amazing contribution to the art of the seventeenth century and beyond.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify and describe one classical painting by Caravaggio.
  • Identify and describe one religious painting by Caravaggio.
  • Begin to discuss Caravaggio's contribution to the art of the baroque era.

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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Caravaggio - Master of Light and Dark


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