Looking at Sculpture

Ref: C3741392

Although sculpture surrounds us, in our public buildings and on our mantelpieces, it seems we do not have the same comfortable relationship with it as we do with painting. This course will introduce ways of describing and analysing sculpture by looking in detail at some of the iconic works in the medium, notably pieces from the ancient world and by superstar sculptors such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Gormley. Throughout the course we will investigate the art form as an important public as well as significant private method of expression.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to the materials, methods and styles of sculpture through the centuries in order to better understand this sometimes neglected art form.

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 at least one major work by Michelangelo.
  • Identify and describe at least on major work by Bernini.
  • Begin to discuss the various different materials and methods used to make sculpture.

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
  • Students are encouraged to visit as many art galleries, exhibitions and pieces of public sculpture as possible to enhance their 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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Looking at Sculpture Course Outline


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