Great Mosaics and Frescoes

Ref: C3742991

The study will focus on artworks created in Italy and Greece: the mosaics of Pella and Piazza Armerina, Ravenna and Rome; the frescoes of Pompei and San Francesco in Assisi, Giotto's Arena Chapel and Siena's Town Hall will be discussed in terms of style and technique, content and function.

Course aim

To introduce the students to the technique style and content of two art forms from their origins in the ancient world to the Renaissance

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • outline the techniques of either mosaic or fresco
  • list three characteristics of either mosaic or fresco
  • give two reasons for the popularity of both mosaics and frescoes

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

  • a short reading list will be given at the start of the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Great Mosaics and Frescoes


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