Art History: Making & Meaning (2)

Ref: C2524621

"Making and Meaning: Revealing the Hidden Secrets of Art 2" presents the basics of understanding and interpretation or "reading" of paintings and other art media, illustrated by the works of selected European artists from the later Middle Ages and Renaissance. The diverse topics featuring in works of art which will be explored include: Snow; Monks; Nuns; Saints and Martyrs; Greek and Roman Mythology; Ivories; Jewellery and Personal Decoration. The lives and locations of the artists, the patrons and the audiences will also be examined and discussed by the group, aided by the Tutor. This course will enable you to understand and appreciate the making, meaning and significance of great works of art.

Course aim

This 10-week course is for those interested in Art History. It presents the basics of understanding and interpretation or "reading" of paintings and other art media, illustrated by the works of selected European artists from the period 1300-1600.

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:

  • Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the broad historical context within which European art and culture developed 1300-1600;
  • Identify the context and relevance of the course topics within the main flows of European culture 1300-1600;
  • Apply my knowledge and skills to comment relevantly and reasonably and to take an active part in individual, small group and class discussions;
  • Discuss the uses and assess the relative values of art historical and textual sources in order to achieve a reasoned balanced opinion and understanding of art media from the period 1300-1600;
  • Utilise and assess the relative values of primary, secondary and electronic sources.

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

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.)
  • Printed hand-out information sheets will be provided where appropriate and helpful. A notebook would be useful to record points, questions and answers, as well as comments, not covered in the printed materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Dictionaries of art and artists, art and symbolism, would be useful reference texts for class and home use and for follow-up or preparation.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Art History: Making & Meaning (2)

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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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