Hogarth to Hockney

Ref: C2341617

Every picture tells a story: the print as mass communicator has been around for over 500 years, and those stories, and the often inter-connected lives of the artists, will be explored. Original prints will be studied each week.

Course aim

To clarify the definition of an original print; to examine examples of some of the main methods used: wood cuts, engravings, etchings and lithographs; to include local artists/ examples where possible

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Distinguish between a modern reproduction and an original print
  • Demonstrate understanding of the overall process from artist to print
  • Recognise sources of information within the print itself
  • Identify sources of information for further study

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
  • There will be weekly handouts to summarise each week's learning, and prints to study at the end of each session

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?

  • A magnifying glass will be very useful for looking at the prints, especially to distinguish printmaking methods

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
  • No essential reading, but books by Anthony Griffiths, Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, or Richard Godfrey, Printmaking in Britain (Phaidon, 1978) would help with general background sources and starting points for the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • You should have a better understanding of prints shown in museums and commercial galleries. The British Museum Prints and Drawings Department has its own exhibition area, as does the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. They usually have excellent labelling.Take a magnifying glass with you!

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Hogarth to Hockney

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