Saints and Sinners in Art

Ref: C3741319

The course will explore representations of saints and sinners, heaven and hell, good and evil through the ages, from the ancient world to today, and in different artistic media, including frescoes, sculpture, paintings and manuscript illuminations.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the theme of Saints and Sinners in art , through a detailed study of a selection of iconic works from the past to the present.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Examine some of the images of saints and sinners studied during the course in a critical manner.
  • Give two reasons for the popularity of saints in art during either the 14th or the 17th century
  • Discuss the content and style of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch.

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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Saints and Sinners in Art


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