Timeline: An Art Historical Overview Part 2

Ref: C3743044

Continuing from the Autumn Term, where we studied the ancient world, establishing the canon of Classicism that was so influential in western art and move through the ' Dark Ages' to the Romanesque and Gothic styles of the Medieval period, then on to the Renaissance and its subsequent influences and changes throughout Europe. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Baroque and Rococo were the dominant styles with a rise in classical ideas intermingled. Into the nineteenth century when ideas and styles changed rapidly, influenced by changing social conditions in revolutions, industrial and political. These changes, both social and artistic took on a rapid pace in the twentieth century when traditions are challenged and new forms of art appear. Then to the present day when anything goes!

Course aim

This course is a continuation of the Autumn Term, but it is still possible for new students to join and learn about the later part of the art historical timeline.

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:

  • Describe the chronological time line of the history of Western Art
  • Recognise the various styles and movements in art that occur in this time line
  • Identify the social and historical events that produced the works of art
  • Recognise the work of key artists throughout the centuries

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Timeline: An Art Historical Overview Part 2


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