Two Artists: Two Paintings

Ref: C2341679

This course will debate a range of intriguing questions concerning art and art history by focusing on two particular artists and a selected work by each of them. The choice of artists and works could be linked by a variety of reasons and may be topical, perhaps relating to current exhibitions, events or even a contentious opinion piece in the media. The artists may be contemporaries or have worked hundreds of years apart. In the process we will explore wider artistic, cultural and political developments relating to period or periods the artists worked in. Generally, students will be informed in advance who the artists and their works will be, but sometimes not and will 'come cold' to two, very likely, unfamiliar paintings.

Course aim

Was the 16th century artist El Greco a vital influence on Picasso? This course will debate a range of intriguing questions concerning art and art history by focusing on two particular artists and a selected work by each.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for anyone with an active interest in art and art history, but not necessarily an in-depth knowledge

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

  • Formulate an opinion on a work of art
  • identify connections between different works of art
  • place works of art in a broader context (social, political etc)

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
  • The tutor will provide a range of visual and textual material, but sessions will always be geared towards discussion with with not necessarily any pre-defined outcomes

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
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Two Artists: Two Paintings

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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