Politics and Religion in Art

Ref: C2420846

In the course you will see many examples of art, from the ancient world to the 20th century and from all cultures, where the art has been used to promote a political or religious message. "The Ship of Fools" by Hieronymus Bosch 1516 promoted the new Protestant movement. Romaine Brooks shows her patriotic passion for France with "The Cross of France" 1914. Louis bolstered his standing with a painting showing himself, son and grandson as the guardians of France. King Richard II claimed his authority came from being blessed by the Virgin Mary, shown on the Wilton Diptych. The Soviet government used art ruthlessly as a control mechanism. Marcus Gheerhart shows Elizabeth I claiming her territories in his 1592 portrait. Mark Gertler' s "Merry-go-round" 1916 is a poignant anti-war statement, like Picasso's "Guernica". Jacques-Louis David was promoting the French Revolution in his "Death of Marat". And so on. Enjoy this journey through the landscape of political and religious art.

Course aim

Throughout history, art has been the vehicle for the doctrines and ideas of political and religious movements. Follow this journey through art, from around the world and through the centuries. Learn about the crucial role of symbolism in art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No qualifications are required but the students will be expected to have a level 2 standard of English.

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

  • Have a fuller understanding of the use of art in politics
  • Have a fuller understanding of the use of art in religion
  • Be more confident in interpreting symbolism in art works.
  • Be more confident in talking about art through class discussions

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Full illustrated notes will be provided, plus video clips.

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
  • 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
  • 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?

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Politics and Religion in Art

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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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