The Art of Stanley Spencer - Sacred and Profane

Ref: C3741389

This course will explore the extraordinary world of this most original twentieth century artist. Famous for portrayals of biblical events taking place in his native village of Cookham, Spencer was also an official war artist and a fine painter of landscapes and portraits, whose colourful personal life inspired a revolution in the painting of the nude.

Course aim

This course aims to familiarise students with the life and work of the artist Stanley Spencer, through a detailed study of a varied selection of his fascinating paintings and drawings.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Briefly describe the artistic output of Stanley Spencer
  • Identify two or more influences that contributed to the subject matter of his paintings
  • Examine and discuss 'The Resurrection, Cookham' (1924-6)
  • Identify and describe some of the images resulting from Spencer's wartime experiences
  • Recognise some of the locations at which Spencer painted.

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
  • Through Individual Learning Plans and one to one discussion if desired

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • The tutor will bring relevant books to the sessions and a reading list will be identified and provided for those who wish to read more about the artist

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

Download full course outline

The Art of Stanley Spencer - Sacred and Profane Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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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