Raining Cats and Dogs in Art

Ref: C2342616

Artists have long been drawn to including cats and dogs in their painting. Sometimes this is clearly in the role of a pet, such as William Hogarth's faithful pug, Trump, but sometimes their inclusion is for more complex, even sinister, reasons - witness the cat eyeing up the goldfinch in Hogarth's Portrait of the Graham Children. This one day course will explore the role of our feline and canine friends in art with the aim of making make some fresh revealing discoveries.

Course aim

Why is there a cat under the table cloth by Jesus' feet in Veronese's Feast at the House of Levi? This course will look at the many varied roles cats and dogs have played in paintings, from Ancient Egypt to Lucien Freud.

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:

  • Describe a variety of ways artists have used cats and dogs as symbols and visual metaphors.
  • List a number of examples of paintings where cats and dogs have been used in this way.
  • List at least 3 painters who regularly included cats and/or dogs in their paintings eg Titian.

How will I be taught?

  • The tutor will use a range of teaching and learning methods, but students will have the opportunity to make and share their own discoveries using computers and books

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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Raining Cats and Dogs in Art

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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