Spanish Art

Ref: C2342789

Throughout its history, Spain experienced disruptive invasions and powerful internal conflicts that complicate the concept of a single or unified view of ‘Spanish’ art. Occupier as well occupied, Iberian culture absorbed and reconciled a range of foreign, sometimes exotic, influences on its way to becoming one of Europe’s leading political and religious powerhouses, a feared political enemy and sought after ally. The art that was created as a result of the coalescence of foreign and European influences has been described as exhuberant, dramatic, monumental, yet also deeply spiritual in intent and content. This course will examine some of the key phases of Spanish Art to explore its influences and artistic responses.

Course aim

A Survey of the History of Spanish Art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for learners interested in the history of Art. Some prior interest in cultural exchange with art, such as museum/gallery visiting, country house visiting, or volunteering in museums, galleries or country houses would be helpful.

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

  • Understand the development of art in Spain
  • Contextualize individual high points of Spanish art
  • Gain confidence in discussing art
  • Appreciate the value of material culture
  • Have a grasp of the chronology of Spanish art

How will I be taught?

  • The course is team-taught by Conny Bailey, Miriam Gill and Ellie Pridgeon, three experienced lecturers delivering adult education courses to undergraduate level for a variety of institutions, using slide presentations and classroom discussion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The informal, seminar-style approach of these sessions enables students to explore art historic periods with each participant is welcome to contribute as much, or as little, to the sessions as they feel comfortable, in conversation with tutors and other course participants.

What else do I need to know?

  • A prior interest in visiting cultural venues such as museum, art galleries or country houses is desirable.

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
  • Become a volunteer at a local gallery, museum or country house

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Spanish 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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