Masterpieces of the Ancient World

Ref: C3741362

This course will take you around the world to look at and examine in depth some of the greatest masterpieces of ancient art. We will explore spectacular artworks from diverse places and times starting with Ancient Iraq and ending with the great stupas in India.

Course aim

We travel from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India. Each masterpiece had a story to tell. Their theme and purpose.

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:

  • Identify how the human body was treated in sculpture over thousands of years.
  • Understand how death and the drive for immortality initiated much of the creation of art.
  • Identify how religious impulses and the drive for survival and fertility show up as major themes.
  • Understand how artwork and monuments work together as a fabulous and profound message from the past.
  • Understand how contemporary art is different from ancient art and why.

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
  • To support each lecture students will be given a CD containing a comprehensive set of handouts summarising each less, a suggested reading list and a few questions to consider relevant to the lecture given.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Masterpieces of the Ancient World

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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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