The Big Art Debate

Ref: C2342561

Each session will be a discussion or debate about a particular theme or aspect of art, posed as a question. Topics will include John Ruskin, Joseph Wright and Brit Art, but there is scope students to suggest further topics, which could be topical, perhaps relating to current exhibitions, events or even a contentious opinion piece in the media. Relevant images and background material will be provided by the tutor, but students are welcome to bring in and share material they may have or have researched.

Course aim

Why is Edvard Munch's The Scream such an iconic painting? Is John Ruskin more relevant than ever today? The course will debate a range of intriguing questions - selected by both tutor and students - concerning art and art history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Express more confidently an opinion on a work of art or artist as well as issues relating to art and culture.
  • Identify and describe connections between different works of art and artists.
  • 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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Big Art Debate

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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