Looking at Faces

Ref: C3741448

The course will begin by exploring some of the strategies employed by portrait painters in the past, and the different uses to which portraits have been put over time. We will then take a loosely chronological approach to the subject, looking at the great Roman portrait sculptures, religious effigies as portraits and the development of the study of the individual which became popular from the Renaissance onwards. Great artists such as Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Ingres and Picasso will be explored, along with a brief look at portrait photography.

Course aim

This course will explore the history of portraits in western art with a view to better understanding how varied and exciting this familiar art form can be.

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 one major portrait by Raphael.
  • Identify and describe one major portrait by Ingres.
  • Begin to discuss the development of the portrait as an art form over time.

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Looking at Faces


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