Masterpieces In Detail

Ref: C2225510

The best works of art are multi-faceted. This course will give the opportunity to examine chosen examples in detail. We will explore the nature of the work, how it came to be commissioned or created, what the creator intended, how it fitted into its historical context and what the ideas behind the work were. Each work will raise different questions and opportunities for discussion. The range of works will be as wide as possible – paintings, buildings, sculpture etc., and from a variety of different historical periods, from a medieval manuscript to a Victorian church. Each should provide an insight into the world in which it was created and encourage a deeper understanding and a closer way of looking at art, in all its forms.

Course aim

Taking a single work of art each week – painting, sculpture or another form – we will explore the work, its meaning and context, and gain new insights.

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:

  • Recognise the variety of ways of looking at a work of art
  • Describe the nature and contexts of the chosen works
  • Develop skills in interpreting a work of art and placing in its context
  • Gain greater pleasure from a detailed approach to viewing works of art

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

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Masterpieces In Detail

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