Seminar: The Matchstick Man

Ref: C3742798

Discover the real matchstick man. Whilst embracing and analysing his industrial landscape paintings which are well known, this course also provides an insight into Lowry's secret life, it unlocks the influences and mystery behind his work and reveals his less well known expressionist works and the symbolism in his later works which link to his emotions. It examines and explains his painting and drawing techniques whilst delving into this man's character and personal life allowing the learner to create links between the real matchstick man and his work.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To discuss and explore the work of L. S. Lowry, his influences and techniques.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • describe the intentions and influences behind Lowry's industrial paintings.
  • describe techniques used and materials used to create the works.
  • analyse the colour in the works of the industrial paintings and other expressionist works by the artist.
  • describe the chronology of the works of Lowry and the influences in his life which led to the paintings.
  • describe the elements in expressionism.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A short group discussion and activities to consolidate learning within the session

What else do I need to know?

  • you may wish to take notes so a pen and paper would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Seminar: The Matchstick Man


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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