Day Schools: Leonardo da Vinci

Ref: C2226382

Leonardo Da Vinci's obsession was with science, engineering of which painting was a part. He was a complex humanist misfit being illegitimate, gay, left handed and a vegetarian. His obsession to experiment and innovate moved him to study anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. His drawing of the 'Vitruvian Man' as well as his paintings of the 'Last Supper and 'Mona Lisa' helped to establish him as perhaps history's most creative genius. This course will examine and question his willingness to create. His relentless curiosity will remind us of the need to question our own world. His work in painting and drawing will be closely examined, which will include a comparison with modern 'Last Supper', 'Mona Lisa works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Judy Chicago, Damian Hirst, Duchamp and others. This will remind us that like Shakespeare Leonardo's works are part of our modern complex lives.

Additional information about this course

This course runs from 10:15am until 4:15pm inclusive of a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

'The Last Supper' and 'The Mona Lisa' are Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous paintings. This course will examine the life and work of this extraordinary genius in the centenary year of his death.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with little spoken English

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

  • Discuss and analyse Renaissance works of art in relation to the output of Leonardo.
  • Realize the importance of Leonardo's works to our contemporary world in which we live.
  • Realize how modern artists are being inspired by Leonardo in the context of our modern world.
  • Investigate further the impact made by Leonardo at the time of his creative work.
  • Understand Leonardo's working methods and the reasons for his obsession with science and engineering

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day Schools: Leonardo da Vinci

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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